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Obama’s OSHA Insists States Raise Fines to Federal Levels

Jan. 19, 2017, 8:44 PM

The Obama administration’s OSHA isn’t backing down from insisting its state counterparts set maximum fines identical to federal penalties.

Several states have questioned whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can require them to raise their maximum fines by 78 percent, as OSHA did on Aug. 2, and continue to raise fine limits annually to keep pace with inflation. With the Trump administration taking charge Jan. 20, the states may find a more sympathetic OSHA.

In a Jan. 18 Federal Register notice, OSHA made its position clear to states (82 Fed. Reg. 5,373).

“OSHA-approved State Plans must ...