January 15, 2018
As a result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act), the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule laying out the annual inflation adjustments to its civil monetary penalties, including the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The National Law Review reports that MSHA maximum penalties for a health or safety standard violation increased from $69,417 to $70,834. The penalty conversion table used to convert penalty points based on size, history, negligence, and gravity to a dollar amount was also revised, so 60 or fewer points now draws a maximum penalty of $132 and 140 or more points have a maximum penalty of $70,834.
The following adjustments were also made:
The new penalties went into effect on January 2, 2018 and will apply to all citations issued through the remainder of 2018.