Our client, Modern Metal Manufacturing requested that we perform a mock OSHA inspection for them.
Modern Metal provides anodizing and chromate coating services for a number of different high tech industries in a modern automated plant in Oxford, CT. Our inspection uncovered a number of potential OSHA violations including kick plate violations, air quality concerns, tripping hazards and electrical issues. Business owner Bruno Perin, made sure that he addressed and rectified these potential violations immediately.
Literally two weeks after the potential violations were rectified OSHA showed up at his door. As they sometimes do, they were popping in to his location unannounced, because they were in the neighborhood and had some spare time. Mr. Perin showed the OSHA representative around the plant and they were unable to find any violations. At that point they requested to see his OSHA log, which he showed them.
The OSHA log indicated that there was one day of lost time. The inspector asked Mr. Perin why he was showing only one day. He responded that the employee was only out for one day. The inspector countered that it was on a Friday and he didn’t come back until Monday. It should be three days. Mr. Perin said “we don’t work on Saturday or Sunday.” The inspector said doesn’t matter. Out on Friday, returning on Monday, the rule is that it counts as three days.
The fine for that error in paper work was $1,500. It was subsequently reduced to $750 but you get the point. Under the current administration OSHA has been far more active than in the past. As of August 1, 2016 the fines have increased by 78%. If none of those OSHA violations had been rectified, the fines could have been over $13,000.
Get the Facts on OSHA Fines
Under the current administration OSHA has been far more active than in the past.
As of August 1, 2016 the fines have increased by 78%.
As a result, the maximum penalty for “serious” violations will rise from $7,000 to $12,471, and the maximum penalty for “willful” and “repeated” violations will rise from $70,000 to $124,709. Additionally, the minimum penalty for “willful” violations—OSHA’s only minimum penalty—will rise from $5,000 to $8,908.
And while the fine increases became effective on Aug. 1, 2016, they can apply for any violation that occurred after Nov. 2, 2015, and OSHA will be increasing its fines annually beginning in January 2017.
For more information on the fine increases, visit OSHA’s website.