The Irish Prison Service has announced that two separate incidents took place at Midlands Prison in Portlaoise recently, leading to two injured prison officers. One officer was hurt in each of the two incidents. They are thought to have occurred within an hour or so of each other at the prison. The first officer was injured when a prisoner slashed their leg with a weapon that had been improvised from other items. The second incident involved prison officers who were trying to subdue a prisoner. The officer was kicked in the stomach during the incident.
Both officers were taken to hospital after the incidents occurred. The officer with the slashed leg required 14 stitches to close the wound. The officer who was kicked suffered broken ribs and also a broken ankle. According to reports an investigation has now begun. Furthermore the Gardai – the Irish police – have been notified of the two incidents. No further information was provided on the nature of the incidents or the current condition of the two injured prison officers. However Mr Michael Donnellan, who is the Director General of the Irish Prison Service, confirmed his thoughts were with the staff and their families.
How dangerous is working in a prison?
Prison officers are specially-trained to ensure they are able to cope with a wide range of situations. However they are working in close quarters with prisoners – people who have been convicted of a wide variety of crimes. This means there is the potential for incidents like these to happen. Fortunately they are a lot rarer than you might think, thanks to the excellent care that is provided for all officers and the safety that is paramount in their line of work. As such injuries can be kept to a minimum for the good of all concerned.
Have you been injured at work?
Working in this type of profession brings with it a degree of danger. However if you have been injured within the last three years you may still be entitled to compensation if you believe negligence played a part in your situation. Find out for sure today – call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 to discover whether you can claim compensation via a no win, no fee* claims process. Our expert team members can answer any questions you may have, so get in touch now.
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen