Higher Fines for OSHA Violations

high fines for osha violations

OSHA fines are rising for the first time since 1990!

On August 1, 2016, the maximum penalties for serious OSHA violations rose from $7,000 to $12,471 – a whopping 78% increase. And from now on, OSHA will adjust its penalties for inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index.

Why the big jump? Inflation.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, your company is subject to these new penalties for any violations occurring after November 2, 2015.

Type of Violation Current Maximum Penalty New Maximum Penalty


Posting Requirement
$7,000 per violation $12,471 per violation
Failure to Abate $7,000 per day beyond the abatement date $12,471 per day beyond the abatement date
Willful or Repeated $70,000 per violation $124,709 per violation

Are You Prepared?
There’s no better time than now to start thinking harder about your safety program. With these increased penalty fees, a workplace injury can quickly take you from running in the black to struggling in the red. Here are three quick tips to help make sure your company isn’t hit with a hefty fine:
  1. Schedule a Safety Assessment | Safety assessments are designed to help keep your workers safe, standardize your current PPE, improve worker compliance, and reduce your costs. During on-site assessments, a safety professional will analyze your employee injury history and observe your facility’s processes to identify potential risks.
  2. Schedule Health & Safety Training | Health and safety training can help reduce injuries and fatalities, workers’ compensation claims and missed time from work. Training can be held off-site or at your own facility. It’s a sure way to build on worker education and improve compliance.
  3. Invest in the Right PPE | The proper PPE gives you an impressive ROI. OSHA estimates employers receive a $4.00 return for every dollar spent on PPE. It is critical to select the PPE that is best suited for the jobs your workers do. Be sure you’re working with a knowledgeable provider who can help you through the process, offering guidance on selecting PPE that strikes the balance between protection, comfort and affordability.

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