June 7, 2016 11:49pm
A DARWIN man is being investigated for allegedly charging $500 to certify the workmanship of potential tradesmen to work at the Icthys LNG project.
The target of the bribes is said to be foreign workers hoping to be recruited to the lucrative project. The bribe was allegedly paid to the man, a certified welding inspector, to ensure welds would be passed.
The complaint was made by a welder who had been assessed by the inspector.
The man was employed by a subcontractor that had completed work on the LNG project but had no direct contractual relationship with JKC, the major contractor for the project.
A spokesman for the man’s former employer confirmed his company had suspended the man following complaints from a third party, believed to be the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union.
“The investigation found no conclusive evidence to substantiate the original complaint, however it did find instances where other (company) workplace policies had been breached which resulted in the termination of (his) employment,” he said.
He did not specify what the breaches were. The man has since started working at another role within the industry.
The external affairs manager of the man’s new employer said the company was aware of the claims and was conducting its own review.
“The allegations are being taken seriously and the matter is being investigated,” the manager said. As part of the testing program, once a welder has completed each practical weld, the weld undergoes a visual inspection by a certified welding inspector.
The NT News understands subsequent to the investigation a full review was conducted of all welder qualification testing during the week of the alleged incident, as well as the week before and the week after and found no anomalies.
For legal reasons, the NT News chose not to name the other companies involved.
Source : NT News