The day after the big fire in Spyk Bänder AG, where a woman died, the cleaning work on the Herznacher Hauptstrasse started. The cantonal police assume that the dead man is an employee of the company that has put the fire to commit suicide.
She commits suicide because she has sent an e-mail by the employee, just minutes before the fire of her business address to the "Neue Fricktaler Zeitung". As the newspaper writes, the woman announced in the e-mail "to pour gasoline over it and set it on fire". And further: "The reason is the years of bullying in the company Spyk tapes against her husband."
"It was a huge shock to me when I read that, the situation is bad enough, and now that's on top of that, that's a huge burden," says Andreas Schmid, partner and co-director. That the spouse of the deceased since
18 years for the company, had to be bullied, is incomprehensible for Schmid. However, the co-manager can not hide the fact that there have been "minor problems" over the years. But they always tried to solve the problems constructively.
The employees question themselves
Mobbing is for him, if a person is excluded or provoked by a group, says Andreas Schmid. "I have never experienced that in our company," he says. However, you can not look at people. The sensitivity of people to external influences is very individual. "There are people who already feel bullied if you do not say good morning to them," says Schmid. A few months ago the man of the deceased was assigned a new job in consultation. According to the co-manager, he made a satisfied impression after the internal change in the company.
The radical nature of the employee's act, which has been working for the company for 30 years, causes Schmid Konsternation and also leaves its mark on the employees of the company. "Some will wonder if they are wrong
said or done what could have led to this act. That causes them fear, "says Schmid.
Damage of about 2 million francs
The Prosecution carried out the investigation after the fire. Spokeswoman Fiona Strebel confirmed on request that the employee announced her suicide via e-mail. "The deceased could now be identified and we do not give any further information out of respect for the survivors", says Strebel. An expert in the construction insurance of Aargau has now made a first rough estimate of the extent of the damage at Spyk Bänder AG in Herznach. According to Christina Troglia, general secretary of the insurance company, this amounts to approximately 2 million francs. Whether the damage is regulated by the building insurance of Aargau is not yet certain. "If damage is caused by a person employed by the company in question, this must first be legally clarified," says Troglia.
The company could hardly learn from the tragic incident. "We do not have to question our corporate culture, everyone knows everyone here, we hold performance interviews and if there are problems, the doors are always open", says Schmid. Schmid had already had a long conversation with the deceased husband after the crime. "It was a good conversation, I felt how he did it and he felt how I did it, I was very happy with this conversation," says Schmid.
Only a day after the fire, some of the staff went back to work to prepare for production. Due to the emotional concern, the management released their employees yesterday to decide if they wanted to work. On Wednesday it will decide whether the Spyk tires AG can produce again. "This depends on the result of the analysis of the roast production of the production machines," says Andreas Schmid.
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