The supervisor who helped set fire to a young trainee after spraying his shirt with flammable liquid will be fined $ 13,000
- Jeffery Mark Rowe, 47, helped set a student, 19, on fire with a flammable liquid
- Luke Daniel Chenoweth, 28, allegedly accused the victim by flicking his lighter
- The couple reportedly covered the student's shirt with liquid and set it on fire
A supervisor has been fined $ 13,000 after helping fire a young trainee by spraying him with an extremely flammable liquid.
Supervisor Jeffery Mark Rowe, 47, and his colleague Luke Daniel Chenoweth, 28, allegedly sprayed the liquid at a 19-year-old student while he mocked him with a lighter at a construction site in Woodville, near the CBD of Adelaide.
The couple would continue to bully the student by chasing him and threatening him with a lighter and eventually spraying the liquid on his shirt and sparking him.
The SA Employment Tribunal sentenced Mr. Rowe on Friday during the March 2017 attack and imposed a fine of $ 12,000 on him, plus an additional $ 1,000 in legal fees.
Supervisor Jeffery Mark Rowe, 47, and his colleague Luke Daniel Chenoweth, 28, would have sprayed the liquid at a 19-year-old student while he mocked him with a lighter at a construction site in Woodville near Adelaide's CBD. The couple would continue to bully the student by chasing him and threatening him with a lighter and eventually they sprayed the liquid on his shirt and set it on fire (stock photo)
Chenoweth is said to have sprayed the liquid on the student's shoe and lit it with a lighter while they were all in the lunchroom.
The student started to walk out of the lunchroom and Chenoweth would spray the liquid on the crotch of his pants.
The student feared that he would be set on fire and ran to the other side of the lunchroom, but was allegedly pinned to the wall by Chenoweth.
While the student begged him to set him on fire, Chenoweth allegedly taunted the victim by constantly shaking his lighter but eventually leaving the room.
Rowe and Chenoweth allegedly sprayed the flammable liquid on the student's shirt and lit it.
The supervisor grabbed Chenoweth's bottle and sprayed even more liquid on the student's shirt.
The student managed to flee the incident without significant burns and Rowe was fired at Tad-Mar Electrical.
& # 39; He could have suffered significant burns by melting the shirt on his skin & # 39 ;; The SA Employment Tribunal (photo) sentenced Mr. Rowe on Friday during the March 2017 attack and imposed a $ 12,000 fine on him in addition to covering an additional $ 1,000 in legal fees
In his verdict, Deputy President Magistrate Stuart Cole said the incident could have been much worse and the victim & # 39; could have suffered significant burns by melting the shirt on his skin & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Rowe was a supervisor and (the victim) was a student. The imbalance of power and authority makes it harder for (the victim) to oppose what he was maintaining, & said Mr Cole as reported by The advertiser.
Martyn Campbell, Executive Director of SafeWork SA, said that Mr. Rowe's conviction should show that bullying, in whatever form, is not tolerated.
& # 39; The behavior of this supervisor was horrible. In his supervisory role, he is expected to immediately put an end to this type of harmful action and certainly not to participate in it himself, & said Mr Campbell.
Chenoweth still has to file the complaint.
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