OSHA Fines Increase Again for 2018

OSHA Fines Increase 2018

On Jan. 2, 2018 the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Federal Register notice announcing an increase in the maximum penalty amounts for violations of federal Occupational Safety and Health standards and regulations. Civil penalties for violations of workplace safety and health standards are 2 percent higher, with a new maximum fine of nearly $130,000.

OSHA increased its penalties to adjust for inflation as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015, which initially raised civil penalties by 78 percent after over 2 decades without a penalty increase and mandated annual adjustments by January 15 of each year.

The new penalty levels will apply to all violations occurring after November 2, 2015, with penalties assessed after January 2, 2018.

The following chart compares penalties in effect January 2, 2018, to the January 2017 levels:

Violation

January 2017 penalty levels

Penalties as of January 2, 2018

Any willful violation of OSHA rules or standards

Minimum of $9,054 up to $126,749 Minimum of $9,239 up to $129,336

Any repeat violation of OSHA rules or standards

Up to $126,749

Up to $129,336

Any serious violation of OSHA rules or standards Up to $12,675 Up to $12,934

Any OSHA violation deemed not serious

Up to $12,675

Up to $12,934

Failure to correct a violation

Up to $12,675 for each day the condition continues

Up to $12,934 for each day the condition continues

Violation of posting requirements Up to $12,675

Up to $12,934