OSHA Fines To Rise Again

As promised in the rule that nearly doubled fines in 2016, OSHA is making their first annual cost of living adjustment to keep the fines current. The adjustment will be approximately 1% raising the maximum fine for serious violations (the most common) from $12,471 to $12,675.

The rule that went into effect in August said that the agency will raise the maximum fine amount each year so that rule-making would not be necessary to keep fines in line with inflation. While 1% isn’t that much and most penalties don’t carry the maximum amount, it shows OSHA’s commitment to increase the size of their stick each and every year.