Tag: OSHA enforcement

OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Is OSHA Enforcement Really Declining?

The National Employment Law Project claimed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement activity has declined in the past two years. The report, “Workplace Safety Enforcement Continues to Decline in Trump Administration,” points to a low number of OSHA inspectors as the primary cause. The full picture, however, is likely more complicated.

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Breaking: Higher OSHA Penalties Now in Effect!

OSHA’s final rule to increase its civil penalties by approximately 2.5% for 2019, with a new maximum single-violation penalty for willful and repeat violations of $132,598, has been published in the Federal Register and took effect immediately on January 23, 2019. The penalty increases adjust for inflation as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation […]

Good Faith Helps in Judge’s Review of Safety Penalty

An administrative law judge with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) took the middle ground in a dispute between OSHA and a small grain seed-handling business in North Dakota over the amount of a monetary penalty OSHA assessed for multiple violations of worker safety standards. The case can serve to illustrate the […]

OSHA’s On-Site Consultations Save Money, Reduce Injuries

In August 2018, OSHA issued a “working paper” that comprised the Agency’s first assessment of the “societal benefits” of its On-Site Consultation (OSC) program. The benefits come in multiple forms—workplace hazards identified, injuries avoided, and monetary benefits, including worker income not lost and costs avoided for employers and workers’ compensation.