The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced maximum civil penalties will increase by 78% on Aug. 1. The top penalty for serious violations will increase from $7,000 to $12,471; the fine for willful and repeated violations will rise from $70,000 to $124,709. The website Construction Dive said the changes were contained in an interim rule, to be followed by a 45-day public comment period before final rules are issued. The hikes are part of the 2016 federal budget that requires OSHA to bring penalties in line with the Consumer Price Index; they're the first increases in more than a quarter-century. Construction Dive also said the construction industry will see a major impact from the increases because construction fatalities account for nearly 21% of all total private industry occupational deaths. Read More