OSHA Publishes Maximum Fines for 2019 and Top Violations of 2018

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OSHA published to the Federal Register Wednesday its maximum fines for jobsite violations for 2019, which go into effect for citations beginning today.

Since 2016, OSHA has indexed its annual fine increases to inflation, specifically, the Consumer Price Index. This year’s fine increases reflect a modest increase in consumer inflation.

Type of Violation Current Maximum Fine New Maximum Fine (Jan. 24, 2019)
Posting Requirements
$12,934 per violation $13,260 per violation
Willful or Repeated $129,336 per violation   $132,598 per violation  
Failure to Abate $12,934 per day $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date

Willful violations also carry a minimum fine of $9,472, up from $9,239 last year.

OSHA also recently published its list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites. Some are specific to the construction industry and some are for general industry, which can still be cited on home building sites.

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Fall protection – training requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
  9. Machinery and machine guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
  10. Eye and face protection (29 CFR 1926.102)

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