Recently a Level III from a client called me to discuss a technician not testing what he was supposed to, but still signing off the reports as if all was tested. Not one of our guys, thank goodness!

Allow me to explain the repercussions.

Since the technician can obviously not be trusted, the integrity of all the work tested by this technician is now questioned. He was employed for 8 months in this company.

This means that all the work done has to be re-tested. Think about this one for a while. How much MPI can one guy do in 8 months?

Here is the catch.

We decided that, in order to maintain the reputation of the NDT company, all the clients affected would be contacted and the situation explained.

The company Level III would then suggest that the components be taken out of use and prepared for re-testing.

He would have to explain that another technician would be contracted to re-test the work. The invoice for the NDT, along with an invoice for down time and loss in production including a lawyer’s letter would be sent to our cheating technician, by each client involved.

This would be a first in SA.

So, gentlemen when you do not feel like testing properly and decide to just sign the report because your babelas is too thick, it may cost you more than your reputation.

Pretty nasty, but totally preventable.

Test properly or don’t test at all.

Hennie de Wet