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In its most recent newsletter, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released updated workplace statistics and new penalty amounts for workplace violations in 2019.  Below are a few of the key points that OSHA touched on.

  • In order to adjust for inflation, OSHA’s civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards will increase in 2019. New penalties for willful and repeat violations will be $132,598 per violation. Serious, other and posting requirement violations are $13,260 per violation, and failure to abate violations are also $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were fewer workplace fatalities in 2017 than the previous year. The fatal injury rate decreased from 3.6 percent in 2016, to 3.5 percent in 2017. To view the statistics, visit the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017 (CFOI) Report. In addition, crane-related workplace fatalities and fatal occupational injuries in manufacturing and wholesale trade reached their lowest point since the CFOI started in 1992.
  • Employers must post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A, which summaries 2018 injuries/illnesses beginning Feb.1. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from posting these requirements. Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on the requirements.

If you have questions or concerns about OSHA’s updates, please contact Joseph F. Spitzzeri at 312-984-6683 or via email at spitzzerij@jbltd.com.  For more information, visit the OSHA website.