Man indicted for allegedly issuing false asbestos training certificates
October 23, 2009
THORNTON, CA — The owner of E&D Environmental Safety Training Inc. is accused of a scheme to defraud by allegedly issuing asbestos removal certificates to workers without providing them with the proper training, according to the Central Valley Business Times.
According to the story, to become a certified asbestos worker, an individual must, at a minimum, complete a four-day, eight hours per day training course that includes lectures, demonstrations, at least 14 hours of hands-on training and individual respirator fit testing.
It is alleged that Rogelio Lowe held "training" classes that were no more than 25 minutes in length, provided answers to the closed-book examinations, forged tests for students that did not attend a test day and charged students'' employers the full price of training, the story stated.
According to the indictment from the U.S. Attorney''s Office in the Northern District of California, Lowe submitted class rosters to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) reflecting that the students had successfully completed the training and passed the closed-book examination when he knew they had not.
E&D Environmental Safety Training Inc. is a safety consulting company that, according to its website, provides occupational training in asbestos work, lead abatement and mold remediation, the story noted.
Lowe supposedly issued certificates for both initial asbestos training and annual refresher courses without providing the required training, a violation of the law, the story added.
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