Category: Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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Civil Penalty Amounts Increased by OSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule in the Federal Register that increases penalty amounts to adjust for inflation across its various agencies, including OSHA. The penalty increases are effective as of January 13, 2017.


Report Reveals Environmental Violations Top Federal Crimes List

Surprisingly, the most common federal crime committed by an “organizational offender” in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 was environmental, according to a recent report from the United States Sentencing Commission. The average fine for an organizational offender was almost $23 million. Let’s take a closer look at the report and draw a couple of takeaway points […]


Excavation Hazards at School Site Lead to Citation

Acting on a complaint in June 2016, the OSHA found employees of one of the area’s largest general contractors working in an unprotected 10-foot deep excavation at a suburban New Jersey high school, in violation of federal safety and health laws. As a result, OSHA issued citations for nine violations—one willful and eight serious—to the […]


Amputation, Fractures Lead to Citations for Food Manufacturer

Just six weeks after a machine amputated a maintenance worker’s left hand as he cleared jammed material stuck in a machine at an Illinois bread products facility, the company reported that a second worker’s right forearm suffered multiple fractures as he cleaned another machine. OSHA inspectors investigating the injuries found, in both instances, the company […]