No company wants to be hit with an OSHA citation. Now, in addition to the most frequently cited standards – including fall protection, hazard communication, and scaffolding – employers have another issue to worry about: COVID-19 safety.
OSHA’s maximum penalties are adjusted annually for inflation. After January 15, 2020, the maximum penalties are as follows:
- $13,494 per violation for serious violations
- $13,494 per day after the abatement date for failure to abate
- $13,937 per violation for willful or repeated violations
When a company is faced with multiple violations or daily penalties, it’s easy to see how these costs can add up quickly.
There may be other consequences, as well. For example, according to Construction Dive, Phillip Russell, an attorney at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, has said that “Willful or repeat or even certain kind of serious violations can inhibit a construction company’s ability to get work.”
As of November 12, 2020, OSHA has issued 232 citations related to COVID-19. The proposed penalties from these violations total $3,148,452.