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Chapter 14 of "Pulp Rats...an unpleasant story"
Since we were still in the breakout session, the Great Mother had Eir read the next case.
"Eir?" as she nodded towards him.
"Yes, Great Mother, the next case.
"We have here the case of the construction of a new paper mill. The Big Things sent in an auditor."
"What's an auditor?" several rats asked.
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"An auditor is a knowledgeable person who comes in to look things over, see if they are being done correctly. Anyway, this auditor came to the site. This auditor was from within the company, not from outside, so perhaps did not have the authority that a paid auditor hired to do an inspection would have.
"Anyway, he discovered a number of discrepancies. In some cases the materials used for construction were not as specified. Mild steel flanges were welded onto stainless steel pipes. In some cases they were not welded correctly. In other cases, low-strength bolts were used where high-strength bolts were needed.
"The auditor said it seemed that whatever materials were at hand were used, whether they met the specifications or not."
The Great Mother frowned, "This doesn't seem right, what was done about all of this?
Eir responded, "Well, the auditor confronted those in charge. They said they were out of money and out of time. They would change these matters after startup, using maintenance money."
The Great Mother continued, "Is there any chance of anyone getting hurt or equipment being damaged?"
"I asked that question and the auditor said that was certainly possible. but it was out of his hands."
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The Great Mother commented, "Well, I think we have seen once again that corruption and malfeasance are not as simple as we once thought. We are going to continue to look at such cases as these going forward. Hopefully the Big Things will catch the perpetrators and deal with them accordingly. Let's wrap up," the Great Mother said. "Our assignment for next week is to read Mr. Jim's new book, 'Personalities in the Pulp & Paper Industry.' If you can't read Big Things' language, find one of the rats who can and have them read it to you."
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