RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

OSHA Fees Increase by 78 Percent Over Previous Fines

Mon Aug 22, 2016

RVDA is reminding dealer members that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rolled out much stiffer fines for workplace safety violations this month. The new fine structure imposes substantial maximum penalties, which have increased 78 percent over previous fines. In addition, OSHA will adjust the amounts annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

Congress adjusted the fines in a one-time catch-up adjustment for inflation for the first time since 1990 as part of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. OSHA was previously exempted from a law that required federal agencies to raise their fines to keep up with inflation. The fiscal year 2016 budget agreement eliminated that exemption.

The new amounts are as follows:
•For “willful” and “repeat” violations, the new maximum fine is $124,709 per violation (up from $70,000), and the new minimum is $8,909 per violation (up from $5,000).
•For “serious” violations, the new cap is $12,471 per day (up from $7,000).
•For “failure-to-abate” violations, the new cap is $12,471 per day (up from $7,000).

The new fine levels apply to any citation issued beginning Aug. 2, even if the inspection and alleged violations occurred months before. The agency said it will continue its practice of reducing the amounts based on the size of an employer and other factors to address the impact of these increases on smaller businesses.

Another risk dealers face is a repeat violation of the same unsafe practice, since you may have been fined for the first violation of a failure to address a problem; but a second violation of the same issue will move the dealership into a willful or repeat violation, facing a $124,709 fine.

The best practice for dealers is to avoid the OSHA violations altogether and ensure they have safety programs in place at their businesses, according to a press release from the RVDA. Make sure you have trained staff that addresses any potential dealership hazards immediately. For more information on increased OSHA fines, as well as other federal agency increases, please see the archived webinar from RVDA partner KPA – link: DOL, OSHA, EPA, and FTC Fines Increase Aug. 1, 2016 How will this impact you?