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OSHA and MSHA civil penalty amounts get annual bump


Washington — OSHA’s maximum penalty for willful or repeat violations will be increasing approximately 3.2%.

The increase – to $161,323 from $156,259 in 2023 – is legally mandated by Jan. 15 each year under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. Because Jan. 15 is a federal holiday, this year’s changes will be effective starting Jan. 16.

The minimum fine for a willful violation is $11,524 – up from $11,162. The maximum fine for serious, other-than-serious, failure-to-correct and posting-requirement violations is increasing to $16,131 from $15,625.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is increasing its maximum fine for a flagrant violation to $323,960 from $313,790.

The Department of Labor determines annual adjustment rates via the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers

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