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OSHA fines to go up January 3rd

Agency adjusts civil monetary penalties for workplace violations

Posted January 2, 2018

OSHA, along with other Department of Labor agencies, will see an increase in penalties beginning in January 2018. The Department of Labor published its final rule revising civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in the regulations for 2018. The Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015 requires the Department to adjust its assessed penalty levels no later than January 15 of each year.

OSHA’s adjusted penalties after January 2, 2018, are shown in the following table.

Regulation Type of violation Penalty amounts prior to Jan. 2, 2018 Penalty amounts after Jan. 2, 2018
§ 1903.15(d)(1) Willful violation, minimum $9,054 $9,239
§ 1903.15(d)(1) Willful violation, maximum $126,749 $129,336
§ 1903.15(d)(2) Repeated violation $126,749 $129,336
§ 1903.15(d)(3) Serious violation $12,675 $12,934
§ 1903.15(d)(4) Other-than-serious violation $12,675 $12,934
§ 1903.15(d)(5) Failure to correct violation $12,675 $12,934
§ 1903.15(d)(6) Posting requirement violation $12,675 $12,934

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