Initially, a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can seem like a fairly minor matter. However, employers should take OSHA violations very seriously. Corporations that do not fix a violation or that allow consecutive incidents may receive a repeat violation for OSHA safety regulations.
The fines for a repeat violation of an OSHA safety regulation can range between $5,000 and $70,000. The fine is per violation; a citation may contain several violations. OSHA considers a hazard to be a repeat violation if the employer was cited for the same or a similar violation within the past five years.