As we reported earlier this year, OSHA fines are scheduled to increase for the first time since 1990. Any citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after August 1, 2016 will be subject to the new penalty amounts. OSHA’s maximum penalty for serious violations will increase from $7,000 to $12,471, and the maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $70,000 to $124,709. You can find more information regarding the new penalties at https://www.osha.gov/penalties.html.
Additionally, recently released data shows that a significant percentage of phone calls & injury reports result in OSHA inspections, and almost half of all catastrophic cases result in OSHA rapid response investigations. With such drastic increases in penalty fines, employers should know how to prepare for one of these investigations. Below, view our free 30 minute webinar on Preparing for an OSHA Rapid Response Investigation: How to Conduct a Root Cause Analysis without Raising Red Flags, presented by Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and Certified Occupational Safety Manager, attorney Carl Habekost. If you have questions regarding the new OSHA penalties, preparing for OSHA inspections or investigations, contesting OSHA citations, or any other questions regarding OSHA, contact a member of our labor and employment practice section.