- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s labor department is offering services to employers to help them avoid federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines that increased earlier this month.

OSHA fines went up nearly 80 percent on Aug. 1. The Maine Department of Labor’s SafetyWorks! training and consultation program offers support services to help businesses with compliance about workplace health and safety.

State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette says the SafetyWorks! program helps employers to be prepared for OSHA inspections.

OSHA’s maximum penalties had last been adjusted in 1990. They will now be annually adjusted for inflation each year.

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