OSHA Fines to Increase in 2016
OSHA fines will rise dramatically in 2016 for the first time since 1990 due to a provision in a recent budget agreement passed by Congress. The increased OSHA fines are a result of a “catch up” allowance due to inflation rates and consumer price index adjustments. A possible example of the increased maximum fines is $70,000 for repeat and willful violations increasing to $125,438. Maximum serious violations may increase from $7,000 to $12,744. The revised fines are set to take effect in August 2016 once OSHA takes several required steps to approve the increases including working with the Office of Management and Budget and publishing an interim final rule by July 2016. SMACNA will be monitoring this new rule and providing further guidance as the rulemaking process moves forward. If you have questions on the proposed fine increase, contact SMACNA’s director of safety and health, Mike McCullion, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-995-4027.