OSHA Violations and Fines: Better Safe than Sorry
CertifyMe forklift training is designed to help your entire powered industrial truck fleet perform more efficiently, but – more importantly – safer. When your forklift drivers are up-to-date with the latest OSHA training guidelines (defined in OSHA specification 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(3)(ii)), you’ll not only gain more peace of mind and a more motivated workforce, but you’ll also benefit from what you won’t encounter: heavy OSHA fines.
OSHA violations and fines include some of the steepest financial penalties for workplace safety accidents. And as of 2016, those amounts grew considerably. Let’s look at the most recent OSHA fines list and what you can do to avoid these ultra-serious penalties.
OSHA Violations & Fines – What You Need to Know
OSHA’s recent decision to increase their fines and penalties for workplace safety violations was formally announced on June 30, 2016. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez offered many reasons for the higher fines, but the main rationale was adjusting the penalties to “keep pace with the cost of living…and to level the playing field between responsible employers who should not have to compete with those who don’t follow the law.”
As a result, the new OSHA penalty structure increased fines by nearly 80%. Keep in mind, the cost for OSHA violations and fines hadn’t been increased since 1990.
- For serious violations, the fine is now $12,471 (up from $7,000).
- Willful or repeated violations are now $124,709 (up from $70,000).
Those figures were taken from the 2016 announcement, but recent legislative changes have increased fines even more; as of November 2017, serious violations were $12,675 and willful violations were $126,749.
Avoid OSHA Citations and Fines with Forklift Training from CertifyMe
If you’re in charge of your organization’s safety program, or if you’re involved with job site supervision in any way, there are a few things you can do to avoid OSHA fines.
- Keep a clean workplace. Many industrial accidents are caused by a cluttered workplace – and by “workplace,” we mean any environment in which powered industrial trucks (like forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.) operate. This includes warehouses, dockyards, distribution centers, and even places like airports and construction sites. For these sites (and anywhere else forklifts are used and you want to stay off an OSHA fines list), make sure all intersections are clearly marked, your forklift fleet is properly maintained, and every lift operator is aware of OSHA’s latest worksite cleanliness requirements. And speaking of OSHA…
- Stay up to date with forklift training. OSHA’s safety guidelines are constantly being updated and tweaked to account for federal legislation, local safety initiatives, and many other reasons. If you’d like to be safe from OSHA violations, fines, and other negative outcomes, CertifyMe has a proven program in place – just 5 easy steps and you’re good to go!
- Get renewal training. Forklift training is good for 3 years. Afterwards, you’ll need to re-certify your lift operators. Thankfully, CertifyMe provides free lifetime renewals!
OSHA fines can literally cripple your entire business. In order to avoid OSHA violations, fines and penalties, let CertifyMe help train your workforce. Contact us today, and we’ll help you get started!
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