This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report:
At the same time that this whole push to get rid of inspection putty took place, (my QA Director) was near retirement, and was trying mightily to get self-inspection implemented at PSD, perhaps to get a hefty bonus to his retirement earnings. Inspection putty is a divider between the inspection and mechanic ranks. An inspector applying this "anti-sabotage" putty is applying it to ensure the integrity of his inspection, from the prying wrenches of unethical mechanics. Even the existence of "anti-sabotage" putty is anti-self-inspection in itself, as it implies that some mechanics cannot be trusted (which, I believe, is true, by the way, from my experience, CDC’s stealing of parts at PSD, and the simple fact that inspectors like me exist at all, means mechanics can only be trusted so far). Also, if self-inspection came into existence at PSD, what is the mechanic who "witnesses his own critical torques" going to do after he torques the fasteners? Putty them per the QA manual requirements so he won’t sabotage the product by loosening them later? So, I believe, the "high heat" reason was only a lie to you to get the change done, for the real reason was to ready PSD for implementation of self-inspection.
What’s curious about all of this self-inspection stuff, is the separate reasons we were told when it went down in flames shortly thereafter. We were told by our management that the union stopped it, but I also heard that you stopped it because of the roller stamping of inspections found in audits. Anyway, there is no real reason that we should have ever stopped using inspection putty to protect the integrity of critical inspections, as there is, I’m pretty sure, a blue (other material specification)-type putty that can be used in high heat areas. I believe Wichita uses it, and I think (name), line inspector, was using some of it she got from some unknown source when we still used to putty things. Also, just changing the QOI does not relieve us of the requirement to inspection putty. The (document number) Document...(still states that QA witnessed critical torques need to be puttied and inspection stamped).
The Last Inspector