New Penalties Are No Laughing Matter
Many would have said that OSHA fines were already steep, but with the new maximum penalties increased by 78% OSHA is sending a clear message to companies that they mean business. OSHA has long made it a practice to revisit clients who have an initial inspection, and as you can see below, the maximum fine for a Willful or Repeated violation is now $124,709.
From OSHA's Website
In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The Department of Labor has adjusted penalties for its agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Are You Prepared?
Some people think that since they have not seen OSHA before they shouldn't be worried about seeing them now. Although it is true that your chances of being randomly audited are relatively small, your chance of having an accident or a disgruntled employee bring OSHA's eye on you is much more concerning. Smart Training has successfully defended more clients in OSHA settlement conferences then any company out there. But why wait until there is an inspector knocking on your door to get prepared? Call or email us to find out how Smart Training can help you prepare Before there is a concern.