A former buildings inspector has been arrested for selling fake safety certificates for required OSHA training.
Michael Dinardo was charged in Manhattan Federal Court with selling 47 training cards to New York City undercover agents who didn’t complete any training.
If convicted, Dinardo could be sentenced to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The city requires construction employees working on buildings 15 stories or taller to complete a 10-hour OSHA training course. Crane operators need to take a 30-hour course.
Dinardo sold OSHA certification cards to undercover investigators, according to the New York Daily News. Price: $100 for a 10-hour card; $275 for a 30-hour card; and $325 for a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certificate.
Recently, OSHA revoked trainer status from four people nationwide.
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