A certified OSHA training agent admitted to submitting false reports and selling fraudulent training cards to carpenters to improperly establish that they were certified in safety standards.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, the trainer was certified by OSHA’s Outreach Training Program (OTP) and was authorized to issue OSHA 10 cards that proved to employers that the card holders had taken and passed a 10-hour OTP training course. Instead, the trainer sold more than 100 false OSHA 10 cards for approximately $200 per card. He also submitted reports falsely claiming that approximately 73 students had attended his OSHA 10 classes.
The OSHA 10-hour class is intended to provide workers with awareness of common job-related safety and health hazards. While the training is not required by OSHA, some states, municipalities, or other employers may require it as a condition of employment.
The trainer faces a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.