OSHA’s Response to Sale of Fake ID Cards to Construction Workers in NYC

On January 31st, SUN News reported that many NYC construction workers were found to have fake OSHA ID Cards, some obtained for as little as $60,
whereas approved online training for a 30-hour course averages around $170.

OSHA has issued the following statement in response to a New Jersey safety trainer’s guilty plea of selling more than 100 fraudulent training cards:

“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,” said Mendelson.

“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.”

The Outreach Training Program trains workers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards.

The voluntary program also provides information on workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

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.