An NBC4-NY report has found the black market sale of fake safety training cards for New York City construction workers is still booming, despite more than two dozen on-the-job deaths in the last few years and outreach by local officials.
The investigation also found that fake OSHA cards can be obtained for as little as $60, whereas approved online training for a 30-hour course averages around $170.
Workers on big projects are required by law to have 10 hours of training approved by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – and carry a card certifying completion.
The New York Daily News reports that city investigators are quietly showing up at job sites and arresting workers with fake safety training cards.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 20 workers with allegedly bogus OSHA cards have been arrested at city construction sites.
The sweep — carried out by the Department of Investigation and the Buildings Department — comes as construction fatalities in New York City jumped to 18 in the last federal fiscal year, up from 12 the year before.
30-hour card. Students who attend the 30-hour course receive this card. The 30-hour course is intended for supervisors or for workers with some safety responsibility. It provides a greater depth and variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards than the 10-hour course. Please note that these cards are not issued for completion of OSHA #510 or OSHA #511 courses.
10-hour card. Students who attend the 10-hour course receive this card. The 10-hour course is intended for entry-level workers. This course provides information about worker rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint and provides basic awareness training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards.
Meantime, WHEC reports a Rochester, NY, contractor has pleaded guilty to falsifying OSHA documents.
The owner of M Design, 46-year-old Margaret A. Tobin, pleaded guilty to unlawful identification after federal prosecutors say she provided her employees with fake OSHA cards.
Tobin was hired in 2016 as a subcontractor for a state-funded construction project in Rochester.