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OSHA Reponds to Sales of Fake Training Cards

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has responded to a case out of New Jersey, in which a training agent has admitted to selling more than 100 fraudulent training cards.

What Happened

Last week, a certified OSHA training agent admitted submitting false reports and selling fraudulent training cards to carpenters to improperly establish that they were certified in safety standards, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Mark Dropala, 42, of Middle Village, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of making and using false OSHA documents.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has responded to a case out of New Jersey, in which a training agent has admitted to selling more than 100 fraudulent training cards.

According to reports, Dropala was authorized to issue OSHA 10 cards that proved to employers that the holder of the card had taken and passed a 10-hour Osha Training Program training course. Instead, Dropala sold in excess of 100 false OSHA 10 cards for approximately $200 per card.

Dropala’s scheduling is slated for July 2 and carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

On Feb. 15, OSHA responded.

"OSHA's outreach training serves to educate workers about safety issues they will encounter on the jobsite," said OSHA Regional Administrator Richard Mendelson.

"Falsifying documents not only undermines the program, it fails to protect workers on the job. OSHA will refer fraudulent activity to the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General, and trainers caught falsifying information will be subject to criminal prosecution."

Some Background

In August 2017, OSHA announced that it was cracking down on fraudulent training cards as a reported uptick of cards circulating the New York City area was found.

Between 2015 and the time of that report, there had been more than 30 construction-related deaths in New York City. Mark Peters, commissioner of the NYC Department of Investigation, told NBC New York that his agency had looked into these deaths, on sites where fake OSHA cards had been found, and the results were concerning.

The sales of training cards on NYC’s black market has been a consistent issue for the construction industry in the area, and what Peters discovered only drove home the point that OSHA’s safety training requirements are important.

"The fatalities were related to things that you would know to be careful of if you had proper safety training," Peters said.

"Workers aren’t getting the safety training that they need when they have these fake cards—and that’s really dangerous," he added.

   

Tagged categories: Department of Labor; Fraud; Good Technical Practice; Laws and litigation; Lawsuits; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Worker training

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