Penalties for OSHA Fines Will Increase Aug. 1

On Aug. 1, monetary penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for regulation infractions are slated to rise by up to 150% depending on the type of violation.

Last fall, the president signed a budget bill that allowed the agency to enact a catch-up adjustment and raise fines annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

This marks the first time in 25 years that OSHA fines have gone up. Previously, OSHA was one of few federal agencies with civil penalties that do not increase with inflation.

OSHA Chart

OSHA intends to provide guidance on the implementation of the new penalties by Aug. 1. Additionally, to address the impact they may have on small businesses, the agency plans to continue providing penalty reductions based on employer size and other factors.

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as federal OSHA’s.

For more information about the budget deal or OSHA provision, please contact Alex Strong or Rob Matuga.

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  1. taylor says:

    Government is protecting us to death

  2. Sandra Kelley says:

    The government is going to protect us right out of business.

  3. REX DAVIS says:


  4. Jamie griffin says:

    “It’s good to be the king” LOL NOT!

  5. Harry Crowell says:

    these are just more ways to increase government jobs and cost our homebuyers more to own a home.
    home building was as safe 50 years ago as today and the “safety ” measures have only added more cost to our homebuilding.

  6. Jeff Miller says:

    Just like the rest of the government. They get better money and everyone else struggles to make ends meet. KEEP IT UP UNCLE SAM. Break the country business infrastructure as well as the people. Like the rest said….Protect us right out of jobs.

  7. Tess McCaffrey says:

    Nothing to do with safety. All to do with funding government jobs. Way To much government. What will they do when the working businessmen give up the fight to stay alive?

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