Three employers are inspected by OSHA and are all written up for the same citation. The first receives a $200 fine. The second is fined $1200. The third establishment is assessed a $4000 fine. While it may look like each of these inspections was handled in a different manner, be assured this is not the case. Instead, they are the product of a system that gives nuance to some businesses and, by design, punishes others.
The adjustment process is determined by four factors:
The gravity of the violation,
The size of the business,