5 Types of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Violations

Author: Mesriani Law Group
Posted on: November 26, 2020

Workplace accidents and injuries can be detrimental to your career. Slips, falls, and other accidents can mean having to time off from your employment to recover. For some, serious accidents can leave long-lasting injuries that they can never fully recover from.

To protect employees from safety hazards at work, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) enforces safety and health regulations for employees in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

All employers, manufacturers, and workers must comply with OSHA standards to ensure a safe working environment. However, when OSHA codes and rules are ignored, consequences can be dangerous or at worse even fatal.

Here are the 5 types of OSHA violations that you should know about:

Willful Violations

Willful violations are defined as violations where an employer purposely disregarded, intentionally failed to comply with legal requirements, or acted with indifference to employee safety.

A willful violation can cost up to $134,937 per violation. 

Serious Violations 

Serious violations occur when a workplace hazard could cause an illness or accident that would likely result in the death or serious physical harm of an individual (unless the employer could not have known or didn’t know about the violation).

A serious violation penalty can cost up to $13,494 per violation. 

Repeated Violations 

An employer may be cited for repeat violations if they have been cited for the same or a substantially similar violation in the past at a worksite within the past five years.

A repeated violation can cost up to $134,937 per violation. 

Other-Than-Serious Violations

A violation with a direct relationship to job health and safety but isn’t serious in nature is classified as other-than-serious violations.

Other-than-serious violation penalty can cost up to $13,494 per violation.

Posting Requirement Violations

When an employer receives an OSHA notice, they must post the notice (or a copy of it) near or at the place where each violation occurred. The purpose of the OSHA posting requirement is to alert employees of the hazards which they may be exposed to in or around that area.

The OSHA notice must remain posted for three working days or until the hazard is gone (whichever is longer). Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays do not count as working days.

Posting requirement violation penalty can cost up to $13,494 per violation.

Examples of Common OSHA Violations

The most frequently OSHA violated regulations are industrial accidents. When these types of accidents occur, employees can sustain serious injuries.

Common types of violations include fall protection, scaffolding, ladders, machine guarding, and power industrial trucks.

Consult with our OSHA Violation Attorneys Today

If you’ve sustained an injury because your employer has violated an OSHA code or violation, we can help. Even if you’re unsure if your injury was due to an OSHA violation, our expert attorney can help with that determination. We are confident that our experienced labor law attorneys can obtain the maximum compensation for your case and offer a “no win, no fee” guarantee. Contact Mesriani Law Group today for your free legal consultation and let us help you get the justice you deserve.