Setting co-worker on fire not cause for dismissal?

Employee set fire to co-worker's safety vest as a prank and customer was injured putting it out, but termination was too harsh
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/18/2013

Setting a co-worker on fire sounds like it could be cause for dismissal. But as Madeleine Loewenberg, a lawyer at Norton Rose in Toronto, recently pointed out in Canadian Employment Law Today, a termination in that situation went up in smoke.

As a prank, Dryco Drywall Supplies worker Mark Sobieski in British Columbia set fire to some fabric hanging from the back of a co-worker’s safety vest. Although he extinguished the flame, it reignited.

Sobieski extinguished the flames again but walked away to help a customer and they reignited.