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No Need to Worry About OSHA Increasing Its Penalties
In June 2016, the US Department of Labor announced rules to adjust its penalties for inflation. OSHA last increased their penalties in 1990, and was given permission for a 78% increase. This was done to advance the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties, as well as to maintain their deterrent effect. The new law directs OSHA to adjust its penalties for inflation each year using a more straightforward method than previously available, and requires OSHA to publish "catch up" rules to make up for lost time since the last adjustments. The top penalty for “Serious” and “Other-than Serious” violations will rise from $7,000 to $12,471. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $70,000 to $124,709.

To stay in compliance, each state run program must do the same. Iowa did so in the 2018 legislative session, and the effects are being seen now. For example a 10’ step-ladder with a damaged boot on one of its legs cost the contractor $7,500. There are numerous other examples as well.

If an employer gambles and doesn’t insist that safety rules are followed down to the last detail, the downside of paying an increased penalty on top of the increasing costs of workers compensation insurance when an employee is injured will make a huge difference. Employees should not fear losing their jobs because they turn in an extension cord with a broken-off ground pin, employers should thank them for making the worksite safer. Employees need to know that they can stop and think through an activity before charging ahead so safety measures are planned and implemented.

Working safely goes hand in hand with working efficiently, and when everyone on a jobsite is doing so there’s no need to worry about an OSHA penalty increase.

For assistance in making your job sites safer, enroll one in WORKSAFE.
Contact Tom Suckow at: tsuckow@mbionline.com or 515-250-0773.
OSHA Website Now Easier to Navigate
OSHA redesigned the Law and Regulations webpage that features information on standards and rulemaking. Users can now search standards by keyword or number, find a list of key resources, and see the latest updates on active rulemaking. The page also features information buttons to explain regulatory language that may be unfamiliar to some users. Visit the revised page to learn how OSHA accomplishes its mission through rulemaking.

SAFETY PROFESSIONALS:
Brandon Black - (515) 577-5198 or  Brandon@IowaCSSI.com  
Tom Suckow - (515) 250-0773 or  Tom@IowaCSSI.com

New WORKSAFE Projects:
PROJECT : Advanced Surgery Center
CONTRACTOR : Graham Construction Co. - Des Moines, IA

PROJECT:  First Security Bank
CONTRACTOR:  Kirk Gross Company - Waterloo, IA

PROJECT:  Palo Savings Bank
CONTRACTOR:  Kirk Gross Company - Waterloo, IA

PROJECT:  Dubuque County Roads & Office Buildings
CONTRACTOR:  Portzen Construction Inc. - Dubuque, IA

PROJECT:  Den Helder Vet Clinic
CONTRACTOR: Kirk Gross Company - Waterloo, IA

PROJECT:  Pioneer Granular at Crescent Chase II
CONTRACTOR:  Graham Construction Co. - Des Moines, IA

PROJECT:  Skogman Company
CONTRACTOR:  M.A. Mortenson Construction - Minneapolis, MN

PROJECT:  Coralville - IRL Hockey Arena
CONTRACTOR:  M.A. Mortenson Construction - Minneapolis, MN

PROJECT:  DMU Academic Center 1st/2nd Floor & Clinic Building 8th Floor
CONTRACTOR:  Graham Construction Co. - Des Moines, IA
PROJECT:  Kamerick Atr Building Reroof 2018
CONTRACTOR:  Black Hawk Roof Company - Cedar Falls, IA

PROJECT:  Trinity Lutheran Church
CONTRACTOR:  Dean Snyder Construction - Clear Lake, IA

PROJECT:  UI Project MERF - Construct GMP Facility in Room L182
CONTRACTOR:  Frye Builders and Associates - Muscatine, IA

WORKSAFE is a partnership between Master Builders of Iowa and Iowa OSHA, with safety services provided by Construction Safety Specialists, Inc. For more information on the WORKSAFE program or for safety inquiries, please contact Tom Suckow at 515-657-4384 or  Tom@IowaCSSI.com

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