Nevada OSHA workplace penalties increase

Administrative penalties for workplace safety violations levied by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against employers who are not in compliance increased as of Jan. 15.
As a result of Senate Bill 40 — adopted during Nevada’s 2019 Legislative session — the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations automatically adopts penalties in alignment with those imposed by the Department of Labor OSHA enforcement program, according to a Jan. 14 press release from the state. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 requires the Department of Labor annually evaluate civil penalties to adjust for inflation.
As a result, Nevada OSHA’s administrative penalties are increasing by 6.22 percent. Nevada OSHA’s penalties Act are as follows:
• For willful violations, where Nevada OSHA demonstrates that an employer knowingly failed to comply with an OSHA standard, or demonstrated a plain indifference for employee safety, the minimum penalty increases from $9,639 to $10,360 and the maximum penalty increases from $136,532 to $145,027.
• For repeated violations, maximum penalties will increase from $136,532 to $145,027.
• Penalties for serious violations, where workplace hazards that could cause an injury or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm, the maximum penalty increases from $13,653 to $14,502.
• For each other-than-serious violation, the maximum penalty increases from $13,653 to $14,502.
• In instances where employers were previously cited and failed to correct violations, the maximum penalty increases from $13,653 to $14,502 per day unabated beyond the abatement date.
• For each posting requirement violation, the maximum penalty increases from $13,653 to $14,502.
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