Beware of Counterfeit Products Online

Millions of people go online to shop for Christmas presents this year. Brick and mortar retailers are showing significant drops in walk in customers and it’s primarily attributed to online stores like Ebay and Amazon.

It is, of course, attractive to shop online. No long trips to the mall, no waiting in line to check out, no wondering if you might have got the same items cheaper somewhere else… but it also comes at a price.

There are millions of counterfeit products being sold online each year. Unless you are purchasing from a reputable dealer or retail store you risk not getting the quality that you are paying for and worse, the item you purchased might not be safe.

Check out this video from England where they tested a real Nutribullet (we’ve had one for about 3 years now and use it every single day. I highly recommend it) and a fake Nutribullet.

As you can see in the image above (just click on it to watch the test), you really can’t tell the one from the other; they look absolutely identical.

Anyone and everyone can sell their products on Ebay and Amazon. There is no guarantee that if you purchase something from them, you are aren’t getting a counterfeit product. Beware of fake, and dangerous counterfeit products, purchase these type of products from a trusted retail store like Target or Costco.

Security Video Catches Worker Faking Injury

If you’re going to try to fake an injury on the job, step number one would be to make sure that there are no security cameras recording your every move.

This is a lesson that Glenn Jones, a 58-year-old Cleveland worker had to find out the hard way.

The video below, posted on Youtube, shows Glenn Jones, moving what looks like a wooden cover of some sort and then stomping on the wooden floor below while looking around to make sure no one sees him. He then bends over as if to adjust something so that the hole he’s just created isn’t obvious. The video then jumps to the next day at 8 AM and shows Glenn Jones laying down on the ground and putting his leg in the hole.

Glenn was sentenced to 180 days in jail which was later changed to one year’s probation and 80 hours of community service for first-degree misdemeanor in filing a false claim against his employer.

Watch Glenn at work in the video below:


“Fake” Marijuana Poses a very Real Danger

It’s called “Potpourri”, “Spice”, “K2”, “Fake Weed” or “Synthetic Marijuana” and it’s legal in a lot of states. In Emily’s case, she purchased it at a gas station. Emily, 17 is now brain damaged and blind. No one can say for sure if she will ever walk or have full use of her arms again. For a long time they weren’t sure if she would live or recover brain function.


Read her full story here or find out about the organization called SAFE (Synthetic Awareness For Emily) that her parents started on Facebook where others who’ve had a bad experience with the synthetic marijuana share their stories as well.

Counterfeit PPE

According to an article on the British Safety Industry Federation website ( fake or counterfeit PPE is an increasing common issue in Britain. Personal Protective Equipment that doesn’t meet the standards for quality established by the BSIF are apparently showing up with the CE insignia on them even though they are manufactured with sub standard materials.

It would be the equivalent of a user purchasing a safety vest that is labeled “Class III” and finding out that the reflective material doesn’t meet the standard or having the background material fade within a couple of weeks.

I have personally seen such vests out there that claim to meet a certain standard which they don’t (not enough background material is usually the problem. The background material met the requirement BEFORE the reflective material was sewn on but once the reflective material was added, because it covered up some of the background material, there now wasn’t enough background material to meet the minimum requirement).

My question to you is… How big of a problem is this issue here in the USA? Have you seen or come across fake or counterfeit PPE? Where did you get it (store, distributor, individual, online)?

Fake Construction Safety Cards

An article in the NY Daily News, published yesterday, raises a frightening question concerning forgeries of OSHA construction safety training cards.

Unfortunately, the problem isn’t a new one. Several OSHA trainers have had their authorization revoked in the past for issuing 30-hours training cards after only 2 hours of training. In one case at least, the training took place in a bar.

The cards, which carry the OSHA logo are easy to print out and, aside from the trainer’s signature, there is no way to verify how they were obtained or how many hours of training actually took place in order for the worker to receive it.

“If OSHA and the Buildings Department can’t guarantee their integrity, what good is the law requiring them?” Thomas Costello, a carpenters union organizer is quoted as saying in the article.

You can read the full article here.