Fines for Serious Violations Double in 2011; Number of OSHA Inspections Drops Slightly

The average proposed penalty for a serious workplace safety violation more than doubled in fiscal 2011, but the fines are still too low, says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels.

The average serious violation penalty for 2011 was $2,132, up 102 percent from the 2010 average of $1,053.

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