A certified Occupation Safety and Health Administration training agent admitted to 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.
“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.”
Dropala was certified by OSHA’s Outreach Training Program (OTP), authorized through OSHA’s Training Organization at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 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.
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