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2021 OSHA Penalties

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.

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Fall Protection Remains OSHA’s Top Citation In 2016

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases its preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. OSHA compiled this year’s Top Ten Citations List using data collected from 32,000 workplace inspections throughout the United States.  The annual release of this information is your classic good news/bad news scenario.  On a positive note, we can all learn something from studying this list.  The bad news is that the Top 10 Citation List looks remarkably similar to prior years.

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Did You Know?

Any fall protection anchor must be able to support 5,000 pounds unless designed by a qualified person?