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2021 OSHA Penalties

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Did you know that The Department of Labor is required to adjust maximum OSHA penalties for inflation by January 15 of each new year? This was enacted based on the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The intent of increasing the penalty amounts annually was to have civil monetary penalties “maintain their deterrent effect,” according to Loren Sweatt, the DOL’s principal deputy assistant secretary for occupational safety and health.

On Jan. 15, 2021, OSHA’s civil penalty amounts for workplace safety and health violations will increase based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021. Below are the maximum penalty amounts, with the annual adjustment for inflation:

Type of ViolationPenalty
Posting requirements
$13,653 per violation
Failure to Abate $13,653 per day beyond the abatement date
Willful or Repeated $136,532 per violation

With ladders and fall protection being in the top ten of OSHAs most-frequently cited violations, it is extremely important that these areas consistently receive appropriate attention, protection and worker training.  If your facility needs a fall protection safety audit to get ready for a planned or unplanned OSHA visitation, we can help you remove risk and shift liability for worker safety at heights through our structured engineering and training programs.

A thorough fall hazard assessment is an important first step in minimizing your company’s financial exposure to OSHA fines, but the real goal is more than compliance and avoiding fines. The ultimate aim is creating a safe working environment that ensures everyone safely returns home at the end of their shift.

For further assistance with fall protection applications, contact the safety experts at Diversified Fall Protection.

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