Wed, Jan 07, 2009
Sliced Chinook Wiring To Protest Workplace Tedium
"I now know that a factory environment is not the place for me."
That was one of the more obvious comments said Monday by former
Boeing worker Matthew Montgomery, before a judge sentenced him to
10 months in confinemment for attempting to sabotage a Chinook
helicopter on the assembly line in Ridley Park, PA last year.
As ANN reported, production came to a halt in
May 2008 after workers discovered about 70 electrical wires from
the cockpit to the main body of an H-47 had been cut. A
'suspicious' washer was also found in a second helicopter.
The latter incident remains under investigation... but the
Associated Press reports Montgomery, 33, admitted he used wire
cutters to cut the wiring on the first Chinook on May 10, during
his last shift at Ridley Park.
In his defense, Montgomery told the judge he was stressed by the
repetitiveness of his assembly line position -- and, about the fact
he'd recently been transferred to another line position at the
plant, despite applying for jobs at other Boeing facilities.
"He was upset about the repetitive nature of his tasks," public
defender Mara Meehan wrote in a sentencing memo to the court. She
also asserted Montgomery had unspecified problems from his
childhood, and "took his frustration out on a machine because he
would never harm another person."
The sliced wiring would have prevented the helicopter from
US District Judge R. Barclay Surrick took some pity on
Montgomery, sentencing him to five months in jail and five months
under house arrest -- a sentence near the low end of judicial
guidelines. He'll report to prison next month.
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