Manufacturing worker fired after hitting partner in throat

Investigation didn’t account for other worker’s behaviour
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/17/2019

An operator at an automotive suspension production plant in Chatham, Ont., was terminated after he hit a colleague in the throat during a tense conversation.

Dan Erdie had been employed by MSSC Canada since 2010 when during a midnight shift on June 25, 2018, he was paired with Mike Broadbent, set-up operator, on the stabilizer bar line.

The two had previously worked together on the line but Broadbent said that sometimes Erdie ended up “touching set-up stuff on the line and adjusting machines” which upset him. Operators had been ordered by the company not to do so, testified Broadbent.