Running afoul of OSHA will get more expensive for companies beginning this week. The agency announced that it’s increasing the maximum fines it can levy for violations, which go into effect Tuesday, Jan. 17.
OSHA’s maximum penalty for serious and other-than-serious violations will increase to $15,625 per violation, from $14,502, a 7.74% increase. Likewise, the maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase to $156,259 per violation, from $145,027.
Tasked with enforcing safe and healthful working conditions, the agency says this cost-of-living adjustment is necessary to advance the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and maintain their deterrent effect. Read the announcement.