People posing as OSHA compliance officers have been trying to dupe employers into paying for posters they can get from the government for free, the Utah Labor Commission warned recently.
The scamsters have contacted Utah businesses in person, on the phone, and even in writing, threatening inspections, citations, and fines, unless the employers immediately pay for consultation and training services and the posters. These tactics have popped up in other states as well.
“We encourage employers to research and ask questions about the companies or individuals offering to sell OSHA posters,” said Utah Labor Commissioner Jaceson Maughan in a statement . “They should also know that we provide the posters at no charge.”
The posters, which businesses must display in a prominent location, are available for download  from the commission’s website. Real OSHA compliance officers in Utah carry identification and do not collect money, the commission noted.
Last year, a Florida man used his company to dupe newly opened small businesses out of at least $1.3 million , according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The company sold free posters for $179.99 to $189.99, then made it difficult for customers to obtain refunds, according to the FTC’s complaint.