OSHA fines to increase as multiplier goes into effect

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

John Ho was quoted in Business Insurance discussing the latest in safety violation fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA's maximum of $15,625 for a serious workplace safety violation will hit a multiplier in late March 2023. This means 10 construction workers lacking hard hats could potentially mean a $15,625 fine times 10, or $156,250. John said that while the enforcement procedure will lead to heftier fines, more employers are likely to contest them, and OSHA will have its legal department kept busy proving its cases. “That’s obviously going to provide businesses with a lot more incentive to contest these citations,” he said. “Historically, unless there was a fatality or serious injury, most employers aren't getting hit with six figures in penalties. But if you are seeing significantly more citations and more penalties, just on a pure financial basis you're going to give these businesses more incentive to contest these.”

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