by Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
May 28th, 2014
Penalties have increased several times since this notice by OSHA on the penalty structure. As of April 2018, the fines are now range from $12,934 to $129,336 per violation. Even though the fines are different than the following notice, the explanations of types of penalties is useful information.
The following information by OSHA in 2014 outlines the penalty structure for OSHA violations. Emphasis has been added.
CITATIONS AND PENALTIES
Citations Issued by the Area Director
After the compliance officer reports findings, the area director determines what citations, if any, will be issued, and what penalties, if any, will be proposed.
Citations inform the employer and employees of the regulations and standards alleged to have been violated and of the proposed length of time set for their abatement. The employer will receive citations and notices of proposed penalties by certified mail. The employer must post a copy of each citation at or near the place a violation occurred, for three days or until the violation is abated, whichever is longer.
These are the types of violations that may be cited and the penalties that may be proposed:
Additional violations for which citations and proposed penalties may be issued upon conviction:
Citation and penalty procedures may differ somewhat in states with their own occupational safety and health programs.
-Source: https://www.osha.gov/doc/outreachtraining/htmlfiles/introsha.html (May 2014)