OSHA Penalties Surge in 2024: A Comprehensive Overview

In 2024, OSHA has raised penalties for various workplace safety violations. These adjustments, mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, reflect a 3% increase from the previous year, effective since January 16.

Here are the updated penalties:

  • General and regulatory violations, covering posting and recordkeeping issues, now have a maximum penalty of $16,131, up from $15,625 in 2023.
  • The minimum penalty for a willful violation is now $11,524, compared to the previous $11,162.
  • Both willful and repeat violations now carry maximum penalties of $161,323, an increase from $156,259.
  • The maximum penalty for serious violations, including those involving tower cranes and carcinogen use, remains unchanged at $25,000.
  • The maximum penalty for both serious and other-than-serious violations is now $16,131, up from $15,625.
  • Failure to abate now incurs a maximum daily penalty of $16,131, compared to $15,625.
  • A serious repeat violation now has a maximum penalty of $161,323, up from $156,259.

Key Points:

With penalties for OSHA violations on the rise, it’s crucial for employers to prioritize workplace safety to prevent employee injuries. This proactive approach not only helps in reducing injuries but also aids in managing workers’ compensation costs and decreasing the likelihood of OSHA citations.

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