Welcome to the final article in our series on the top OSHA fines for small businesses.

Hopefully, you have gained some valuable and actionable knowledge that you have been able to use in your company to decrease the odds of facing a fine or citation OSHA and if not, then hopefully it has given you some peace of mind, knowing that you should be in the clear if the men with clipboards come knocking.

To wrap this series up, we will be detailing the final fines that most small businesses face so that you can save yourself and your company from hefty fines and the potential of losing your business.

*Statistics courtesy of http://www.safetyservicescompany.com/

1. Fall Protection

Number of Inspections: 4667
Number of Citations: 5148
Total Amount Fined: $5,417,592.00
Average Fine: $1,160.00

Working at great heights is inherently dangerous and safety should always be your number one priority. OSHA does not kid around with fall protection and neither should you, as one slip up (quite literally) could result in the death or permanent injury of a valued employee.

Make sure that all safety equipment is properly constructed and installed and all of your employees are properly trained for using said equipment.

2. Excavation Requirements

Number of Inspections: 770
Number of Citations: 1362
Total Amount Fined: $1,625,293.00
Average Fine: $2,110.00

While excavation sites may not be the first thing you would think of when it comes to safety fines, it is one of the first things that pops into OSHA’s head. You need to make sure that you have all of the proper permits, meet the egress contingencies, and perform daily inspections.