OSHA raises penalty maximums, establishes new debt collection procedures

The maximum federal penalty for serious and other-than-serious violations is now $13,653 per violation, up from $13,494. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations is now $136,532 per violation, up from $134,937. Since 2017, OSHA has adjusted the fines according to the Cost of Living Index every year. If an establishment fails to make payment and does not have an affordable payment plan in place, OSHA will put that establishment on a priority list for more inspections. In addition, OSHA compliance safety and health officers will collect employer identification numbers as part of the preinspection process. OSHA issues citations and levies fines for safety violations as well as for administrative infractions like failure to perform adequate recordkeeping. For instance, covered employers must submit electronically their “OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” data by March 2.


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