In national news:

A new report from the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) shows that OSHA gives, on average, 36 percent reductions in fines in cases involving worker deaths and argues that the agency should be less lenient. The report, entitled OSHA’s Discount on Danger, says, “OSHA should drive a harder bargain and obtain greater protection for workers as part of its settlement process in appropriate cases.” CPR noted that two key factors drive down the fines. First, until 2016, OSHA fines were capped by statute at $70,000. This has since been adjusted so that the maximum fine will now be $124,709, beginning August 1st. The second factor, according to CPR, is “OSHA’s routine practice of discounting its own fines.”

Read an overview from Safety News Alert here. Access the full report here.

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