For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is implementing a "catch-up" increase. Thanks to the law that was tucked into a bipartisan budget act in November by Congress, members of the construction industry will see fines increase by a whopping 78 percent, effective August 1.

"The 78% hike implements changes required by Congress' passage last November of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. As reported by Remodeling in February, that law required agencies to publish "catch up" rules regarding the penalties they impose so that the penalties no longer lose their financial sting because of inflation. For instance, OSHA's maximum penalties haven't changed since 1990," according to an article in sister publication Remodeling.

Here's how much OSHA's penalties will rise:

Type of OSHA Violation
Old Penalty New Penalty
Willful or repeated violation
$5,000 to $70,000 $8,908 to $124,709
Serious violation
$7,000 $12,471
Other-than-serious violation
Up to $7,000 Up to $12,471
Failure to correct a violation
Up to $7,000 Up to $12,471
Violation of a posting requirement
Up to $7,000 Up to $12,471
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