Ultimately, safety is good for business. A safe working environment not only protects your workers, but also alleviates your chances of being faced with unnecessary expenditure and lawsuits.
According to statistics for 2021, OSHA estimated that roughly 96,700 injuries occurred due to forklift and industrial truck operations, with at least 35,000 of these being categorized as serious. Because of this, U.S. companies are literally losing billions of dollars each year due to work-related illnesses, injuries and fatalities.
This is the reason why you must ensure that safety policies are set in place; saving you money, time and increasing productivity.
OSHA compliance training can help protect your company from potential lawsuits or fines. By ensuring that employees are aware of the safety protocols, your company can demonstrate that it has made a good faith effort in complying with OSHA regulations. Professional training providers can help you to ensure that your employees receive the best possible instruction, and that your company remains in compliance with OSHA standards.
In January 2022, OSHA increased their penalties by approximately 6% from the previously revised penalty amounts in January 2019, to accommodate rising inflation rates.
In an effort to improve workplace safety, OSHA has increased the maximum penalty for willful violations (employers who knowingly fail to comply with OSHA standard or demonstrate a plain indifference for employee safety) and others. The penalty for each repeated violation for an identical or substantially similar violation previously cited by the agency, has also increased from $136,532 to $145,027.
For each serious violation (work hazards leading to injury or death) as well as repeated failure to correct violations, the maximum penalty can now be $14,502; a significant
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