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November 22, 2011

Lockout / Tagout Fines Nearly Double Since 2009

LOTO Safety TagsLOTO has been in the top 10 most-cited regulations for more than 15 years, but in the past two years, OSHA fines associated with LOTO have nearly doubled - to a record high approaching $6.2 million. And that accounts only for states under federal jurisdiction. When combined with individual state totals, LOTO fines reached more than $10 million in the 2010-11 reporting year.

While the total fine amount has rocketed upward, citation and inspection numbers have remained relatively steady at about 2,000 inspections and 4,000 citations. This seems to indicate heavier fines for LOTO citations, rather than poor compliance. With OSHA's new push for zero workplace incidents, it's a safe bet that regulations on the Top 10 list will continue to be prime targets for inspectors.

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