OSHA Penalty Amounts Soar Due to Inflation; New Fines Effective Today

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Contact: Brad Mannion
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Violations of safety rules on jobsites are now more expensive as the Labor Department late last week announced its annual cost-of-living adjustments to OSHA civil penalties for 2023. The new penalty amounts are effective Tuesday, Jan. 17.

OSHA’s maximum penalties for violations will increase from $14,502 per violation to $15,625 per violation. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $145,027 per violation to $156,259 per violation.

Visit the OSHA Penalties page and read the final rule for more information.

The safety of residential construction workers is a top priority of NAHB and should be the top priority of every builder, remodeler and contractor. The most common types of construction site injuries are fall injuries. This aligns with OSHA’s most-cited violations on jobsites.

Top OSHA violations for fiscal year 2022:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements: 5,260 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (Chemicals): 2,424
  3. Respiratory Protection: 2,185
  4. Ladders: 2,143
  5. Scaffolding: 2,058
  6. Lockout/Tagout: 1,977
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks: 1,749
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,556
  9. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection: 1,401
  10. Machine Guarding: 1,370

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