OSHA Penalties Going Up 78%

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Issue No. 7 - July 2016
Penalties Increase in August 2016
A 78 percent increase in OSHA penalties will take effect on August 1st, 2016. This is the first time since 1990 that OSHA has adjusted their penalties. The reason: inflation. For Serious Violations, the new maximum penalty will be $12,471 per violation. For Failure to Abate, the new maximum penalty will be $12,471 per day beyond the abatement date. For Willful or Repeated Violation, $124,709 is the new maximum penalty. What are companies going to do to ensure that they are not penalized? Find out more from your Regional or Local OSHA Office.
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In This Issue
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Two Amuputations in Two Months
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More Must Be Done To Protect Workers
Two Free Press reporters, Jennifer Dixon and Kristi Tanner, recently investigated workplace deaths in Michigan. They concluded from their research that more needs to be done to prevent workplace deaths in Michigan. Click on the link below to read their story about how Michigan OSHA is not doing enough for injured workers and families left without a "man of the house."
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