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Work Accident Attorney Fort Worth – OSHA Increases Maximum Penalties against Employers for Alleged Safety Violations

Friday, January 19th, 2018

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English: Logo for the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that enforces federal health and safety requirements in the workplace. Inspectors investigate employee complaints and visit companies after serious or fatal illnesses or injuries have occurred. The inspectors impose proposed penalties for the different kinds of violations. On January 2, 2018, the Department of Labor announced an increase in the maximum penalty amounts for violating OSHA safety regulations and standards.

The following are DOL Penalties, before and after the latest changes:

  • The maximum penalty allowed for “serious” and “other-than-serious” is now $12,934. Previously, it was $12,615.
  • The penalty for repeated or willful violation of child labor standards that result in the death or serious injury of a minor changed from a maximum of $111,616 to a maximum of $113,894.
  • The per violation penalty of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act rose from $20,111 to $20,521.
  • There was a very small increase in per willful violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act’s posting requirement, from $166 to $169.
  • The maximum fine for repeated or willful violations is $129,336, up from $126,749. In 2016, much more significant changes were made. For example, the willful or repeated violation maximum penalty rose from $70,000 to $124,709.

The maximum fines are not always imposed. Employers in small businesses typically get a size discount. Employers with a record of prior compliance with OSHA receive a reduction for their good history. Businesses that are cooperative during OSHA inspections also get credit, for acting in good faith. Maximum penalties are more likely imposed against a large employer when a fatality has a occurred or as a result of a history of OSHA safety violations.

–Guest Contributor

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Work Accident Attorney Dallas, Texas – $10.5 Million in Grant Funding is Available from OSHA for Safety Training

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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English: The Frances Perkins Building of the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In July 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that grants to fund training and education for workers and employers are now available in a total amount of $10.5 million. The educational focus is how to identify and prevent workplace health and safety hazards.

The types of organizations that are eligible for grant monies include:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Labor unions
  • Employer associations
  • Joint labor/management associations
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Indian tribes

Grant recipients will be creating hands-on, in-person training and educational programs. They will also develop materials for employers and workers in small businesses; industries with high illness, injury, and fatality rates; and underserved, vulnerable workers who have limited proficiency with the English language or are temporary workers.

Grants for Targeted Topic Training are also available. They are meant to support the development of quality educational materials and training programs that focus on identifying workplace hazards and preventing them.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers have a duty to provide employers with safe and healthful workplaces. OSHA’s role is to make sure safety conditions are met, to keep men and women safe in their work environments.

OSHA routinely inspects businesses and always inspects any business in which a fatal workplace accident has occurred. Inspections are conducted and safety conditions are evaluated. Following inspections, companies are given citations and penalties, for any alleged safety violations. It’s good for businesses to take advantage of these grant monies because OSHA penalties recently went up for the first time in 25 years, and they are high enough to hit small businesses significantly. For example, the maximum penalty for Serious Violations went from $7,000 maximum to $12,600 maximum. Willful and Repeat Violations went from $70,000 to $126.000 maximum.

–Guest Contributor

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