On January 15, 2019, Fed-OSHA announced plans to increase the maximum penalty an employer can be issued for serious and other-than-serious citations.
The chart below contains the fine increases:
|Type of Violation||Penalty|
|$13,260 per violation|
|Failure to Abate||$13,260 per day beyond the abatement date|
|Willful or Repeated||$132,598 per violation|
The implementation of the new increases will not go into effect until they are officially published in the Federal Register. The publishing has been delayed due to the government shut down.
Fed-OSHA states, “[t]he Final Rule [updating the penalty amounts] will not go into effect until it is published in the Federal Register. The effective date will be the date of publication, and the increased penalty levels will apply to any penalties assessed after the effective date of the increase.”
Employers will have to get used to these fine increases, as they are planned to roll out every year in January.