OSHA: Increased Fines, Stand-Down Event, and Resources


Effective January 17, OSHA is increasing their fines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, adjusting for inflation, is raising the rates on both minimum and maximum fines. For instance, the maximum levied for a willful violation has increased from $145,027 to $156,259 — an increase of nearly eight percent. Likewise, the more common penalties (including those for other-than-serious and posting requirement violations) have raised from $14,502 to $15,625.

This price increase is particularly relevant for facility and safety managers prioritizing fall-protection projects in 2023. In 2022, failure to have appropriate fall protection was once again the most-cited OSHA violation, more than doubling the second most-cited infraction (hazard communication). With 5,260 citations issued in 2022, that means fifteen financial penalties were levied for fall-protection standards every single day— and the price just went up.

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OSHA Fines Chart