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A certified OSHA training agent admitted to submitting false reports and selling fraudulent training cards to carpenters in New York and New Jersey, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The training cards sold to carpenters improperly established they were certified in safety standards outlined by the agency.

OSHA 10 training is a program for construction industry workers to provide knowledge and skills in occupational safety standards. The course focuses on safety regulations for electrical equipment and scaffolding construction to help prevent injuries and deaths to construction workers. The training agent, Mark Dropala, falsely sold OSHA 10 cards to more than 100 carpenters, according to the Department of Justice.

Dropala was certified by OSHA’s Outreach Training Program (OTP) and authorized through OSHA’s Training Organization at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He was authorized to issue OSHA 10 cards that proved to employers that the holder of the card had taken and passed a 10-hour OTP training course. Instead, Dropala sold in excess of 100 false OSHA 10 cards for approximately $200 per card.

The count to which Dropala pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 2, 2019.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, under the direction of Inspector General Michael Nestor, and U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Mikulka, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.

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