OSHA fines go up again in 2017

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February 21, 2016 by Fred Hosier Safety and OSHA News

Morgantown W.Va. — The U.S. Department of Labor announced the increases which take effect with any citations issued after Jan. 13, 2017, even if the inspection occurred on an earlier date.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • maximum repeat and willful: $126,749 (was $124,709)
  • maximum serious and other-than-serious: $12,675 (was $12,471), and
  • minimum for willful: $9,054 (was $8,908).

The increase is 1.64%, the annual U.S. inflation rate calculated in October 2016.

OSHA fines went up in August 2016 as part of a budget bill that allowed the increases for the first time since 1990. That increase was 78%. The same bill allows for annual inflationary increases at the discretion of OSHA.

Note that OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) can issue fines for a variety of reasons, PPE violations included.

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