In case your July 4 barbecues have been taking your attention away from OSHA matters, the agency announced that minimum fines for violations will increase on August 1 for the first time in 25 years.
Healthcare facilities should take note, as the maximum fines will increase by 78%.
For a serious violation, the maximum fine will go up more than $5,000 from the current $7,000 fine. A serious violation will now cost you $12,471 per incidence. If you fail to fix it, your fine gets increased by $12,471 per day past the abatement date.
For willful or repeated violations, maximum fines will go up more than $50,000. Currently, a willful violation will run you $70,000, and after August 1, it will go up to $124,709 per violation.
State OSHA plans will be required to adopt a fine schedule at least as effective as the federal OSHA.
See more at the OSHA website here.