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Newport News, VA – In the wake of two costly welding scandals at its Newport News shipyard, Northrop Grumman Corp. has tightened procedures and increased oversight on welders and shipfitters on the local waterfront.
Northrop Inspections Tighten- 7/20/2009
Hoping to avoid another welding mishap and reassure its primary customer, the Navy, that it is committed to building top-quality ships, Northrop has developed and deployed new and improved processes and criteria for workers to follow.
Waterfront workers say their welds have been subject to repeated and thorough critiques. The more vigilant inspections have led to more findings of cracks and other defects in welds, requiring re-work on some ships. At least one welder has been disciplined for shoddy work, while others have been reprimanded and required to enroll in re-training.
Others, including two welders and a union representative, said workers are being held more accountable for the metals used to fuse joints. In the past, the clerks who issued the filler metals to workers were responsible for ensuring they received the correct metals. Now, the welders themselves are being held responsible for double-checking that they've received the right materials, yard workers says.
Northrop would not confirm specific details of the new welding measures or disciplinary actions taken against workers.
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