Buckeye, AZ – 3 Officers Hospitalized in Work Accident at Lewis Prison
Buckeye, AZ (November 26, 2019) – Three correctional officers were released from the hospital on Monday after becoming sick while inspecting an inmate’s cell at Lewis Prison, just outside Phoenix.
According to a department spokesman, investigators are still sorting out how the three officers were injured. Two additional people were also injured but weren’t hospitalized. Bill Lamoreaux of the Arizona Department of Corrections said that the officers became disoriented, light-headed and started vomiting after entering a cell just before noon.
Hazardous material crews investigated the situation but the inmates reported no medical symptoms. However, Lewis Prison has had past issues with broken locks and officers suffering unexpected injuries.
Buckeye police spokeswoman Donna Rossi said that emergency crews were called to the prison around 2:00 p.m. to treat the officers. The accident is still under investigation at this time.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Work Accidents in Arizona
Worksite incidents causing serious injuries resulted in 37 fatalities in Arizona last year. When it comes to rugged job sites across the state, injuries can be common, especially in construction zones, commercials buildings and beyond. Workers in these areas often operate heavy equipment and machinery or deal with corrosive chemicals, which can occasionally be faulty or outdated and cause injury. Furthermore, workers can be exposed to chemicals or dangerous materials without their full consent or knowledge.
After a work accident, victims and families are often left with financial difficulties and emotional trauma. Employers may attempt to cover up the incident or avoid paying a victim’s fair compensation after an accident on the job site, particularly in cases where employers are at fault for the incident. If you have suffered in a work accident as a result of an employer’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury attorney to review your options.
At ELG Law, our team of attorneys is dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve after these unfortunate incidents. Our experienced, highly-skilled attorneys have spent years fighting for both victims and their families. Contact our compassionate injury lawyers to set up your free consultation at (623) 562-3838.
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