OSHA Raises Safety Violation Penalties

Meeting the OSHA Silica Rule requirements has always been important because of the known protection to worker health. But if that was not enough to encourage compliance, maybe the new higher penalties will be.The penalties levied against employers for safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have gone up, effective Jan. 24, 2019. The increases only apply to citations issued after that date and for the remainder of 2019.

The 2019 penalties are:

  • Other than Serious violations, $13,260 (up from $12,675 in 2018)
  • Serious violations, $13,260 (up from $12,675)
  • Repeat violations: $132,598, (up from $126,749)
  • Willful violations, $132,598 (up from $126,749)
  • Failure to abate (per day), $13,260 (up from $12,675 last year)

The penalty increases apply to federal OSHA states. While there are 26 states operating their own occupational safety and health programs, OSHA fully expects those states to align penalty structures with federal OSHA so that such programs are equally effective.

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