The Senate decided not to impose the quadruple financial penalties passed by the House of Representatives in August 2022, that would have raised the maximum penalty to $700,000 per alleged violation. This is good news for contractors as there will be no increase in OSHA penalties for 2023. Penalties for other-than-serious violation, a serious violation and a failure-to-abate violation will remain at $14,502 per violation. Willful and repeat violations remain at a maximum penalty amount of $145,027 per violation.
However, the department budget was increased by $68 million dollars and has therefore added 19 percent more inspectors to heighten its focus on compliance enforcement in the field. Since there has been no increase in the value of citations and there are more inspectors as well as offices in the state of Florida, there is reason to believe that more citations will be issued this year than previous years. As a reminder, the State of Florida now has a total of four compliance offices in the state, they are located in Jacksonville, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando.