Total OSHA Fines for Federal Cases

Below is a list of the total proposed OSHA penalties by year as well as the current amount after settlement agreements or court decisions reduced the fines. These figures were provided by the Department of Labor from OSHA's Integrated Management Information System (IMIS).

It’s important to note that current penalties listed do include fines associated with open cases. While it does appear there was a drop in the percentage of penalties being reduced, it is impossible to tell if this is actually the case. It is probably safe to assume most cases from 1992 are closed and therefore the "current" penalties figure most likely represents the amount the agency actually collected. A number of the more recent cases, however, could still be open. For example, a $2.78 million fine against Cintas from August 2007 is still open and could be settled. The proposed fine of $2.78 million, however, is considered a “current” penalty. Therefore it will be impossible to know how much proposed fines from 2005 to2007 were actually reduced for several years until the cases are closed, and the agency's IMIS is updated.

Year Initial Penalties Current Penalties Percent Change
1992 $145,768,614 $79,699,349 -45%
1993 $133,818,325 $70,714,591 -47%
1994 $186,668,737 $105,694,675 -43%
1995 $106,414,475 $54,523,615 -49%
1996 $97,068,215 $53,278,685 -45%
1997 $129,379,811 $69,512,025 -46%
1998 $121,976,261 $63,958,869 -48%
1999 $123,653,260 $66,416,602 -46%
2000 $132,590,473 $72,316,811 -45%
2001 $116,228,686 $62,046,739 -47%
2002 $116,912,727 $64,051,080 -45%
2003 $128,738,592 $69,544,108 -46%
2004 $126,391,034 $71,760,356 -43%
2005 $147,437,701 $92,428,653 -37%
2006 $129,877,627 $78,089,018 -40%
2007 $135,197,906 $87,358,159 -35%