Civil Penalty Dollar Amounts for OSHA Violations finalized

U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) adjustments to the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for OSHA violations have been finalized.  The 2017 inflation adjustments will push the penalties even higher.

Under the 2017 rule, the maximum OSHA civil penalties will be:

  2016 Penalties 2017 Penalties
Other than Serious violations  $12,471  $12,675 
Serious violations  $12,471  $12,675 
Repeat violations   $124,709  $126,749 
Willful violations  $124,709  $126,749 
Failure to abate (per day)  $12,471  $12,675 

The new OSHA penalty amounts are applicable to OSHA citations issued after January 13, 2017, whose associated violations occurred within the six month statute of limitations. The DOL is required to adjust maximum OSHA penalties for inflation by January 15 of each new year.

Source: DOL and Seyfarth Shaw LLP