Welding inspector admits falsifying reports, says he 'made a bi...

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

The welding inspector accused of falsifying reports at Northrop Grumman Corp. 's Newport News shipyard admitted on Monday that he signed off on the quality of welded joints on U.S. Navy vessels that he didn't inspect.

Comments

Showing posts 1 - 20 of65
< prev page
|
Go to last page| Jump to page:
fred johnson

Suffolk, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

1

Robert Ruks should be going to prison for falsifying govt records. He put sailors at risk. He has given the shipyard a black eye.

What is the shipyard doing to ensure the other inspectors are on the up and up?
josiah p

Hampton, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#2
Jun 2, 2009
 
tantamount to sabotage, resulting in life endangerment, and punishable by death.
radar

Hampton, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#3
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

1

1

he;s a terrorist. send him to gitmo
proud shipbuilder

Newport News, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#4
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

5

3

1

The actions of this individual are so absolutely mind boggling, heart breaking and bewildering to this 25 year shipbuilder, that I just have to have a say. In the 25 years that I have proudly built ships for our sailors and submariners I have NEVER even heard of someone shrugging off a job or doing a job that is in any way below this shipyard's "high bar" of quality excellence. To see the headline of this newspaper say that our inspections are "BOGUS" made me so angry that I will not soon recover. Our inspections ARE NOT BOGUS and cannot be determined to be so from the actions of one dishonest, lazy, careless, thoughtless and ultimately dangerous individual. That he was observed is no surprise. That he was reported is no surprise. This is what we, the proud men and women of Newport News, THIS IS WHAT WE DO. To anyone wanting to join us in building ships - be prepared to work. Work hard. Work honest. Be prepared to be challenged in all ways; we will teach you, we will mentor you, we will hold you accountable. Or you will pay the price Mr. Ruks will pay. We Build Good Ships here, Mr. Ruks - you didn't know that?
hampton curmudgeon

Hampton, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#6
Jun 2, 2009
 
What a gasbag.
Sullies the reputations of a great shipbuilding concern and that of the shipbuilders who work there.

Don't know what his legal standing is, but morally the guys an assclown.

(noteworthy the process by which the safety of a nuclear warship is confirmed does not lie in the eyes of a single hourly employee. While this fool's inspection was iportant, it is but one of many layers of quality which assure the integrity of the welds in question.)

Since: Jan 08

Newport News

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#7
Jun 2, 2009
 
Obviously this guy has NO PRIDE in what he does, its ashame, and its not like he was inspecting Tonka toys, come on dude, you put these sailors life on the line! People just don't think these days, geez!

“Boldly going nowhere...”

Since: Oct 07

Newport News, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#8
Jun 2, 2009
 
Why would anyone do that!? To put thousands of lives on the line because of pure laziness?! Absolute stupidity.
Jim

Williamsburg, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#9
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

2

1

This individual's dereliction of duty was a great disservice to the shipyard and the navy. He should serve jail time for his falsification of records on three of the hundreds of thousands of welds inspected annually at the yard. As a retired yard employee, I know that The Daily Press headline on Saturday was another disservice to the shipyard, implying that the entire welding inspection system is "bogus." As a previous poster noted, there are almost painfully redundant levels of process control, welder certification and recertification, and in-process and final inspection, especially of any weld related to nuclear systems or submarine safety. I know that headlines are deliberately intended to grab attention and sell papers. Please be a little more accurate and less sensational on items of importance to many people in the future.
Sparky Flint

Newport News, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#10
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

2

This was an extremely isolated event that in no way is reflective on the immense and thorough oversight that is required and demanded in this industry. The critical systems necessary for shipworthy operations are redundantly checked, inspected and exhaustively tested before being approved.
In the actions of this one low-level inspector the entire shipyard's reputation has been compromised. I am here to tell you that on the other side of the fence are tens of thousands of shipbuilders who take their jobs extremely seriously and put forth an effort that results in one of the most technologically capable and impressive structures the world will ever know!
I am proud to call myself a SHIPBUILDER! We at Northrop Grumman know we are the very best!
With the continued effort of all of my colleagues we will continue to build the finest ships in the world!
big brother

Hampton, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#11
Jun 2, 2009
 
How about all you pundits get back to work? You're "sabotaging" your employer by goofing off on the Internet.
American Pie

Richmond, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#12
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

1

He must of been trained in Chinese Quality Assurance processes...batta-bing!

Seriously, this dude is in way over his head. He should spend more time consulting a lawyer and less time talking to the press. Hopefully he'll end up in jail for a very long time. The shipyard always preaches proper time charging practices and is quick to point out that it's criminal if charges aren't accurately charged. Very seldom do they ever speak of poor or improper inspection practices...that's not a slam...the history there has always been extremely high inspection expectations, sometimes unspoken. There was always a sense of pride for the inspectors. A quiet honor that was just done. You just don't expect someone to NOT have high integrity in those positions.
One thing I've always witnessed, it didn't matter if you and your inspector were fishing buddies together on the weekends, come Monday you had better have your 5h!t right or he was rejecting your work! I'm EXTREMELY certain that this is a VERY isolated incident. Too much pride, history and integrity with the shipbuilders.
common sense

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#13
Jun 2, 2009
 
!d!ot.

“KoolAid Konnoisseur”

Since: Mar 09

Southeastern VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#14
Jun 2, 2009
 
There's a story here and I hope it gets out in the open. I just can't believe this guy did this out of simple laziness. There was some motivating factor - maybe he was paid, threatened, blackmailed. SOMETHING.

Granted, there is no reason good enough to put those lives at risk and the reputation of the shipyard at risk.
Ashmedai

Norfolk, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#15
Jun 2, 2009
 
Way to go Ruks. That's giving the Navy more ammunition to send work to Electric Boat.

How much did General Dynamics pay you to falsify records?

Incredibly stooopid.

Since: Nov 07

Norfolk, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#16
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

2

I'm very pleased to see some of the fine men and women of Newport News Shipbuilding here, explaining the immense sense of pride they take in their work... my grandfather worked his entire career in the yard, from helping lay the deck of the original Yorktown (CV-5) during his apprenticeship until August 1975, when he died of a heart attack running up the stairs to his office. He, too, took great pride in his work, and his service to NNS is a source of pride to our family.

More's the anger, then, when I read of this incompetent asshat falsifying weld inspection reports... clearly, this mental defective had never heard the sad tale of the USS Thresher (SSN-593), lost on a test dive due to a faulty joint in a salt water pipe, causing the deaths of 129 men.

This man's actions potentially endangered the lives of hundreds or thousands of sailors, and it is only due to the professionalism and diligence of other NNS workers that we can have any confidence that this individual's failures will likely not prove disastrous for our Navy. His punishment needs to be swift and stout- our nation cannot afford such incompetence in such an occupation.
say what

Fort Huachuca, AZ

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#17
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

3

2

1

Can sabotaging a USN vessel be considered treason. He knowing put thousands of our Sailors lives in jeopardy. At the very least it should be a felony to endanger these peoples lives and a lot of taxpayers dollars. If these ships are not up to standard and cannot complete their full life expentency the taxpayers will be paying for another ship sooner than expected.
human resources

Williamsburg, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#18
Jun 2, 2009
 
proud shipbuilder wrote:
The actions of this individual are so absolutely mind boggling, heart breaking and bewildering to this 25 year shipbuilder, that I just have to have a say. In the 25 years that I have proudly built ships for our sailors and submariners I have NEVER even heard of someone shrugging off a job or doing a job that is in any way below this shipyard's "high bar" of quality excellence. To see the headline of this newspaper say that our inspections are "BOGUS" made me so angry that I will not soon recover. Our inspections ARE NOT BOGUS and cannot be determined to be so from the actions of one dishonest, lazy, careless, thoughtless and ultimately dangerous individual. That he was observed is no surprise. That he was reported is no surprise. This is what we, the proud men and women of Newport News, THIS IS WHAT WE DO. To anyone wanting to join us in building ships - be prepared to work. Work hard. Work honest. Be prepared to be challenged in all ways; we will teach you, we will mentor you, we will hold you accountable. Or you will pay the price Mr. Ruks will pay. We Build Good Ships here, Mr. Ruks - you didn't know that?
one of my good friends applied for that job .he has 27 years experience and the interviewer said he was actualy over qualified .

everything looked promising then human resources turned him down for the job!!!!

go figure .
Question I have

AOL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#19
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

1

is just what union, if any, did this person belong to? I would be REAL curious as I have heard NO mention of the unions in this story. Since he has already been fired I'm just wondering where the union support is?? Hmmm...
sad

Williamsburg, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#20
Jun 2, 2009
 
My husband is a nuke in the Navey and if ANY of the subs that Ruks non-chalantly signed off on, breaks, traps and kills our Sailors - their blood will be on Mr. Ruks hands. He seems like he doesn't really care about the magnatude of his actions. "I just want to move on and leave my family out of this"... callous jerk. I hope he is punished by more than just getting fired.
Not His Fault

AOL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#21
Jun 2, 2009
 

Judged:

5

3

2

Obviously, this man is under tremndous stress and workload and just snapped and made very bad decisions. It is not his fault, why hasn't the HR Dept. been called on the carpet? Who hired this person without a proper psycological background check? There is plenty of blame to go around here, from the government and our society in general back to the shipyard itself! Maybe we should not look to blame this man, but rather look at how we can bail him out of this current mess. How will he pay his bills and support his family with no job? The emotional toll on this man must be unbearable. There is no way he'll be able to hold another job. Put him on disability and pay for his counseling.

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Showing posts 1 - 20 of65
< prev page
|
Go to last page| Jump to page:
Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

•••
•••
•••
•••

Hampton Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Hampton People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Hampton News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Hampton
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••