Welding inspector admits falsifying r...

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

There are 65 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jun 2, 2009, titled Welding inspector admits falsifying reports, says he 'made a bi.... In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

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.

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b-man

Williamsburg, VA

#43 Jun 2, 2009
now thats funny right there...miss cathy MOANING got busted on her own words lol .

ill bet she is a liberal double standard kinda gal !
John

Austin, MN

#44 Jun 2, 2009
what about the other inspectors is this its hard for me to believe only Mr Ruks is the problem usually there is a culture present that allows this stuff to take place. Mr Ruks should be punished but investigate the culture that allowed him.
Nonsense

Virginia Beach, VA

#45 Jun 2, 2009
Who cares?
Untiegenie

United States

#46 Jun 2, 2009
Electric chair for Mr. Ruks I fear!
John

Austin, MN

#47 Jun 3, 2009
Nonsense wrote:
Who cares?
The Navy and the shipyard should care this is costing a lot of money and if there is more than just mr ruks the liability goes through the roof.

sailors care because were asking them to get in a sub and dive down below the waves.
EASY MONEY

Bangkok, Thailand

#49 Jun 3, 2009
Keel haul him and if he lives after that, hang him!
pandora

Arlington, VA

#50 Jun 3, 2009
Because of his lack of interest of doing his job, sailors are out to sea in unsafe submarine's. He pushed back the ability of new submarine's, already commissioned, to be sea worthy. Totally uncalled for.
b-man

Williamsburg, VA

#51 Jun 3, 2009
Nonsense wrote:
Who cares?
i care ,and so does all the ship builders ,navy ,navy personel that will be sailing these vessels ,if you dont then thats fine but all these entities have kept your a$$ safe ! you ingratefull sob !!!!

and that goes for you too ,cathy bemoanin ,and obama !and obama voters . lord help us .
joe the welder

Hampton, VA

#52 Jun 3, 2009
If a sub bursts into a implosion fireball, then we'll all know my welds were bad. Until that happens, get bent!
John

Austin, MN

#54 Jun 3, 2009
joe the welder wrote:
If a sub bursts into a implosion fireball, then we'll all know my welds were bad. Until that happens, get bent!
at depth it only takes one bad weld and its got 30 years to show its bad. no one is perfect not even welders so we have inspections. If you are a welder you have a lot of responsibility pride in your work is good but not verifing it is stupid
Lifer

Carrollton, VA

#55 Jun 3, 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?
Dude you need to get over yourself!!! What Shipyard have you seriously been working at for 25yrs?? It can't be Northrop Grumman because you are descrbing having an ideal job where all people work equally and we who do the work know this is simply not true. Most of the young people hired in nowdays don't have any work ethic unless thier job requires them to talk on thier cell phones all day or sleep while getting paid to do so. Sounds kinda like what Ruks did right? I am not describing all young people nor am I condoning what he did but the bottom line is when us lifers retire, this shipyard will be in serious trouble.
David Newport News

Birdsnest, VA

#56 Jun 7, 2009
FIGURES wrote:
<quoted text>STFU you idiot. Screw Ruks, he endangered thousands of lives with his ineptness. Let's put him in a one man sub, send it down and have a leak start. Then he can feel the fear his laziness would cause if it happened to one our subs. Ihope they throw the key away on him and his submarine races are unpleasant.
This is a problem of quality assurance, not quality. This inspector only inspected the surface and shallow portion of the weld area. Inspection can not put quality into a job. The primary responsibility is on the welder. The inspector simply assures the surface appears and indicates no substantial discontinuities. The levels of inspection prior to the inspector getting to the sign off of the completed welds are redundant to assure quality. This was a serious infraction, but not to the level of weld failure,...just a system failure. It would appear that this whistle blowing reveals a system that is working, maybe not as well as it should, but will indeed improve as a result.
David Newport News

Birdsnest, VA

#57 Jun 7, 2009
Gary Adams wrote:
Instead of condemning one lone person you should be asking your Congress man to look into the reason why the shipyard quality assurance plan continues to fail; the plan should have caught this inspectors actions but did not. In 2007 the yard admitted they had no idea who welded what and with what. "Welding joins materials by heating a filler substance to form molten material that cools to produce a strong joint. The welders had in their possession
nickel-copper and stainless steel . Again they admit they don’t know who welded or with what and reported that NDT would disclose the bad filler (it does not) yet the Navy was and is such a rush to make this go away they believe it. 40 years ago, in which problems with pipe welds were blamed for sinking a nuclear- powered sub. One hundred twenty-nine crew members were killed. The Thresher, the last major U.S. military sub to experience a catastrophic failure, disappeared in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1963.
The joints you are citing were brazed joints in the vicinity of the hull. Those particular joints and systems have been redesigned due to that trajedy. The redundancy of inspection is now at so many levels that it would be difficult to imagine this inspectors lack of quality concerns would result in any catastropic event.
A shipbuilder

New Orleans, LA

#58 Jun 9, 2009
This person must be a dependent!!!!
Not His Fault wrote:
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.
A shipbuilder

New Orleans, LA

#59 Jun 9, 2009
I HOPE NCIS NAILS HIM TO THE WALL, BEATS HIM TO A PULP THEN LOCKS HIM UP AND THROWS AWAY THE KEY!!
Get Real

Palmdale, CA

#60 Jun 10, 2009
To Not his fault, you are full of s***, and must be a person that takes responsibility for your own action, you are as big a loser and POS as this want to be inspector
Dual Weld Inspections

Huntington, NY

#61 Jun 11, 2009
This is why there should be two separate people inspecting the welds each and everytime. Especially on submarines.
Endangered Species

United States

#62 Jun 11, 2009
Not His Fault wrote:
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.
JRH you can't hide behind that phony name. You POS, get a life. Execute this dip--it. This is going to cost the taxpayers millions of dollars to mitigate this damage. Not to speak of the shareholders in NG. Maybe we should take the money out of the wasted community centers in SE NN to pay for reinspection and recertification of all these welds.
Endangered Species

United States

#63 Jun 11, 2009
hillbilly bob wrote:
<quoted text>
okay its opportunity now you dont have to (BE MOANING)
are you a class a certified welder ?
didnt think so bxtch , and no we dont have spelling bee's everytime we weld !
oprah is on t.v should'nt you be watching instead of playing on the compooper ! oops spelled wrong again didnt i
get off the couch and get a life .
Mr. Hillbilly,
I agree Ms Bemoaning is probably a yuppie little b, but she may have a point in that you may not have the educational credentials to properly interpret written instructions or metal formulations based upon your demonstrated communication skills. I hope that you "class a" welders are getting sufficient Quality Assurance oversight to ensure you are using the correct materials in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Blue collar work is honorable and essential to American strength, an unlike those workers of long ago, the modern industrial world blue collar worker must be highly skilled in grammar and comprehension. I am somewhat concerned, even uneasy, with workers in critical areas who may not meet these criteria.
Disgusted Navy Vet

Wickliffe, OH

#64 Jun 24, 2009
This is disgusting!! How lazy can one person be? Both of Robert Ruks' parents were in the United States Air Force, you would think he would understand the importance of his job! Instead he endangered thousands of lives by his poor judgement and complete lack of proffessionalism! he not only endangered thousands of lives he also has tarnished the reputation of Northrop Grumman and its employee's, which may pevent the company from future govt. contracts and a loss in jobs because of the loss of those contracts! The reason he said "leave my family out of this" is because his two younger brother's works for the same company and both his parents have govt. jobs. I would say investigate ALL of them! You know what they say "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree"! Unfortunatley I know this family all too well and can tell you first hand that NONE of them should be working for the govt!!!

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