Press Statement from Prison Officers Association, Two Prison Officers seriously Injured in Midlands Prison today, 8 March 2015
Prison Officers Association deeply concerned about the serious injury to two Prison Officers at Midlands Prison today
The Prison Officers Association is deeply concerned that two colleagues were seriously injured in the line of duty within the Midlands Prison earlier today.
In two separate incidents, one prison officer required 14 stitches having been lanced with a bladed instrument, while another officer suffered a broken ankle and ribs in a separate assault by prisoners.
Jim Mitchell, Deputy General Secretary of the POA said this evening, “we are deeply concerned about these two incidents in in the Midlands Prison today, which has led to the serious injury of two of our colleagues. These incidents, coming so soon after our two colleagues suffered a most serious assault at Tallaght Hospital recently, raises many issues for the Prison Officers Association and our individual members in regard to a reasonable expectation of ‘safety at work’.
Mitchell went on to say, ‘It is of particular concern that both these assaults today occurred in the ‘Enhanced Section’ of the Midlands Prison; which is supposedly occupied by low risk prisoners. Just as was the case in Tallaght Hospital two weeks ago – we are clearly looking again at flawed categorisation of prisoners in regard to the risk posed”