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Court of Appeals Overturns Numerous Willful OSHA Citations

May, 2012 - One of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) most potent enforcement weapons is the willful citation which can carry a monetary penalty up to $70,000 per violation. If OSHA can prove that the willful violation resulted in a fatality, there is potential criminal liability. A willful violation can also impact third party liability litigation if it arose out of an accident involving personal injury, as well as the employer’s business reputation and liability insurance premiums. As a result, no employer would ever wait to receive a willful citation.