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2020 OSHA Civil Penalties Update

Current Civil Penalties for Unsafe Workplace Violations

In 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) created a requirement to adjust maximum OSHA penalties for inflation by January of each new year. The new rates for OSHA were made public and have now taken effect for 2020.

Type of ViolationPenalty MinimumPenalty Maximum
Serious$964 per violation$13,494 per violation
Other-Than-Serious$0 per violation$13,494 per violation
Willful or Repeated$9,639 per violation$134,937 per violation
Posting Requirements$0 per violation$13,494 per violation
Failure to AbateN/A$13,494 per day unabated beyond the abatement date
[generally limited to 30 days maximum]
Specific penalty amounts, as of January 15, 2020, are detailed in the chart above

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All Things Fall Protection Podcast: Episode #2

Fall clearance, deflection, Rigid Rail vs. Horizontal Lifeline… all important things to be discussed when considering a fall protection system. This second episode of our “All Things Fall Protection” podcast takes a deeper dive into how to create the best safety plan to keep your team safe on the job. Our hosts this week, Matt Pittner and Toby Rosenthal, chat about how to decide which fall protection systems are best for your facility.

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Are Window Washing Contractors Responsible for Anchorage of their Equipment and Safety Lines?

Window washing anchorPrior to recent updates to the Walking Working Surfaces regulations, OSHA had little to say regarding  rope descent system (RDS) commonly utilized by window washing contractors.  The absence of specific regulations pertaining to RDS often put building owners and contractors at odds over which party was responsible for window washing anchor inspection and certification.    In some instances, building owners would include contractual provisions requiring window washing contractors to supply their own means of anchorage and fall protection.  The absence of clearly worded regulations created unsafe working conditions since delineation of responsibilities between the building owner and window washing contractor was not well defined.

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How to Specify Rooftop Fall Protection

Roof replacement is an ideal time to address rooftop fall protection issues.  Design of effective and practical solutions to suit the owner’s specific rooftop maintenance needs is critical.  The fall protection marketplace offers an endless array of products, but there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution.  Rather, the appropriate solution will vary based on a fall hazard survey, as well as on architectural and budgetary constraints.

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Are Caged Ladders Still OSHA Compliant?

ladder cage with vertical lifeline systemRecent changes to OSHA’s Walking Working Surfaces regulations have prompted scores of questions such as “are caged ladders still OSHA compliant” and “when is a ladder lifeline required on a fixed ladder?” In this post, we’ll tackle a recent client question on fixed ladders in an effort clear up some of the confusion surrounding the new OSHA regulations.

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Did You Know?

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide prompt rescue of their workers in the event of a fall or assure that their workers are able to self rescue?