OSHA Announces New Maximum Penalty Amounts

In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. On July 1, 2016, OSHA announced the new maximum civil penalties which will take effect August 1, 2016.   According to OSHA, the new maximum penalty structure for any citations issued after August 1, 2016 will be as follows:
Type of Violation                  Current Maximum Penalty New Maximum Penalty
Serious $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
On an annual basis the maximum penalties will be adjusted for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.  In addition, effective August 10, 2016, the new “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” poster must be displayed.
For additional information, please contact an attorney in the Labor & Employment practice group.