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Thursday, January 28, 2021

OSHA Announces The Annual Increase in OSHA Penalties Effective January 15, 2021

On January 8, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced effective January 15, 2021, in accordance with the Inflation Adjustment Act has increased the maximum civil penalties (fines) for serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements to $13,653, from $13,494.  Failure to Abate violations has increased to $13,653 per day beyond the abatement date from $13,494 and Willful/Repeat violations have increased to $136,532 from $134,937.  These civil penalty increases were mandated by Congress, on November 2, 2015, through legislation that required all federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation.  OSHA increased their penalties on August 1, 2016, the link to our previous blog post discussing that increase is below.  Moving forward, as the legislation requires, the penalties will be adjusted each year based on the Consumer Price index.  Click here for the 2021 increase announcement.  OSHA will continue to do penalty reductions based on the size of the employer and other factors.  The OSHA January 8, 2021 details the penalty increase, minimum penalties, gravity-based penalty amounts, and serious willful penalty reductions.  In addition, OSHA launched a new website to provide information and guidance to employers on debt collection activity.  The site is designed to help employers pay their debts with OSHA click here to visit the site.

A serious violation, as this picture shows, would now result in a $13,653 penalty. 

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