A. Any employer who wilfully or repeatedly violates the requirements of section 23-403 or any standard or regulation adopted pursuant to section 23-410 or 23-414 or any provision of this article may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than seventy thousand dollars for each violation, but not less than five thousand dollars for each wilful violation.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 23-418

  • Board: means a review board established pursuant to section 23-422. See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Commission: means the industrial commission of Arizona. See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Director: means the director of the division. See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Employee: means any person performing services for an employer, including any person defined as an employee pursuant to section 23-901, except employees engaged in household domestic labor. See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Employer: means any individual or type of organization, including this state and all political subdivisions of this state, that has in its employ one or more individuals performing services for it in employment and includes self-employed persons, but does not include employers of household domestic labor. See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Non-serious violation: means a condition or practice in a place of employment that does not constitute a serious violation but that violates a standard or regulation and has a direct or immediate relationship to safety or health, unless the employer did not, and could not with the exercise of reasonable diligence, know of the presence of such condition or practice. See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Regulation: means any written regulation of occupational safety and health governing places of employment formulated pursuant to section 23-410, exclusive of standards, and shall have the same meaning as and include the term "rule". See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Serious violation: means a condition or practice in a place of employment that violates a standard, regulation or section 23-403, subsection A and produces a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, unless the employer did not, and could not with the exercise of reasonable diligence, know of the presence of such condition or practice. See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Standard: means any occupational safety and health standard that has been adopted and promulgated by a nationally recognized standards-producing organization or the federal government and shall have the same meaning as, and include the term "code". See Arizona Laws 23-401
  • Wilfully: means , with respect to conduct or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense, that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists. See Arizona Laws 1-215

B. Any employer who has received a citation for a serious violation of any provision of this article shall be assessed a civil penalty of up to seven thousand dollars for each such violation.

C. Any employer who has received a citation for a non-serious violation of any provision of this article may be assessed a civil penalty of up to seven thousand dollars for each such violation.

D. Any employer who fails to correct a violation for which a citation has been issued within the abatement period permitted for its correction, which period shall be suspended in case of a review proceeding before an administrative law judge or the review board initiated by the employer in good faith and not solely for delay or avoidance of penalties, may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than seven thousand dollars for each day during which such failure or violation continues after the abatement date.

E. Any employer who knowingly violates the requirements of section 23-403 or any standard or regulation adopted pursuant to section 23-410 or 23-414 or any provision of this article and that violation causes death to an employee is guilty of a class 6 felony, except that if the conviction is for a second or subsequent violation the employer is guilty of a class 5 felony.

F. Any person who knowingly gives advance notice of any inspection to be conducted under this article without authority from the director is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

G. Whoever knowingly makes any false statement, representation or certification in any application, record, report, plan or other document filed or required to be maintained pursuant to this article is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

H. Any employer who violates any of the posting requirements of this article shall be assessed a civil penalty of up to seven thousand dollars for each violation.

I. The commission shall have authority to assess all civil penalties provided in this section, giving due consideration to the appropriateness of the penalty with respect to the gravity of the violation, the number of employees employed by the employer, the good faith of the employer and the history of previous violations under this article.

J. Civil penalties owed under this article shall be paid to the commission for deposit in the state general fund. After an order or decision on a civil penalty becomes final pursuant to section 23-417, 23-421 or 23-423, the civil penalty shall act as a judgment against the employer. The commission shall file the civil penalty in the office of the clerk of the superior court in any county in this state and the clerk shall enter the civil penalty in the civil order book and judgment docket. When the civil penalty is filed and entered it is a lien for eight years from the date of the final order or decision on the property of the employer located in the county. Execution may issue on the civil penalty within eight years in the same manner and with like effect as a judgment of the superior court. The civil penalty judgment shall accrue interest pursuant to section 44-1201. The commission may recover reasonable attorney fees incurred pursuant to this section.