The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has raised its civil penalties for the fifth year in a row.
The increase this year was just under 2% and represents annual inflation adjustments, as required by the Inflation Adjustment Act. The new penalty amounts take effect immediately.
Among the changes:
- Maximum penalties for serious, other than serious, failure to correct and posting requirement violations increased from $13,260 to $13,494
- Minimum penalties for willful violations, in which an employer knowingly failed to comply with an OSHA standard or demonstrated a plain indifference to employee safety, increased from $9,472 to $9,639. Maximum penalties increased from $132,598 to $134,937
- Maximum penalty for a repeated violation after citation increased from $132,598 to $134,937
The Barley Snyder Employment Practice Group regularly provides advice to employers regarding OSHA and employee safety. Please contact me or any member of the employment law group for assistance.