OSHA fact 13

The amount OSHA can penalize companies for hazardous conditions that kill workers falls far short of some fines other agencies can levy for problems that don’t result in death. OSHA Chief David Michaels told Congress in 2010 that the maximum fine his agency can impose after a worker is killed on the job is $70,000. Milk processors who refuse to contribute to a federal ad and research fund could be fined up to $130,000, he testified, and TV stations airing indecent content could get penalties as high as $325,000. (The actual fines companies pay after worker deaths are usually far lower than the maximum: $5,000 was typical last year, the AFL-CIO calculated.) Image from the Noun Project/ Nick Levesque.