Anyone who has had the misfortune of witnessing or handling the aftermath of an on-the-job injury knows without question the costs go far beyond those that only appear in a company's ledger book. Many times, the worker who was injured also finds themselves unable to return to work for a significant period of time, which presents additional costs to the company through the abrupt loss of skilled workers.
In addition, agencies such as OSHA can cite the employer if a violation is identified. The most serious OSHA violation category is Willful Violations, and it is reserved for intentional violations of OSHA rules or situations that shows disregard for employee health and safety. Currently the maximum fine for each Willful Violation is $129,336 per violation.
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