The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with state agencies, have issued 116 violation citations as of mid-April under the new silica safety rule.
The regulation went into effect Sept. 23, but OSHA delayed enforcement until Oct. 23. The most common violation cited was failing to measure silica levels. Most of the citations have come during investigations of possible unsafe site conditions.
Other violations include non-compliance with the regulation's Table 1 that prescribes 18 procedures companies can follow as an alternative to air monitoring. About 80% of the violations were classified as serious.
The highest fine imposed was $9,239, more than $3,000 less than the potential maximum of $12,934. Contractors still say there are unclear provisions and omissions in the rule that could lead to a citation.