Keep Safe: OSHA Fines for Deaths Average Less Than $6,000 Per Fatality

The Palm Beach Post today posted an article that should be an eye opener for any production personnel who believe that the threat of OSHA fines will ensure that venues and facilities take full safety measures. The death of Fenton “Andy” Hollingsworth at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts resulted in a fine of only $3,765. While the Federal Communications Commission can fine a radio station up to $325,000 for indecent content, and OSHA is permitted to fine up to $70,000 for willful and repeated violations, OSHA’s average one-time fine is $1,000, and $5,900 when someone is killed, Michaels told the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on March 16.

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