Caterpillar subsidiary made bogus freight car repairs?

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Caterpillar subsidiary made bogus freight car repairs?

Postby kaitoku » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:53 pm

*note, this is an article from the Wall Street Journal Business section, not some local rag...
TERMINAL ISLAND, Calif.—Ten thousand railcars a month roll into this sprawling port complex in Los Angeles County. While here, most are inspected by a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.

When problems are found, the company repairs the railcars and charges the owner. Inspection workers, to hear some tell it, face pressure to produce billable repair work.

Some workers have resorted to smashing brake parts with hammers, gouging wheels with chisels or using chains to yank handles loose, according to current and former employees.

In a practice called "green repairs," they added, workers at times have replaced parts that weren't broken and hid the old parts in their cars out of sight of auditors. One employee said he and others sometimes threw parts into the ocean.


http://online.wsj.com/articles/workers- ... tHeadlines
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