Maximum federal fines for workplace and mine safety violations are set to increase by 2.5 percent, the Department of Labor announced Jan. 15.

The boost raises the highest allowable fine for a serious Occupational Safety and Health Administration violation to $13,260, up from $12,934 in 2018.

For the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the raise means the largest fine for a violation of failure to correct grows to $7,867, up from $7,673 in 2018.

The 2.5 percent increase matches the Consumer Price Index’s growth for fiscal year 2018. The department has raised the rates every year since 2015 when Congress...