Buckeye, AZ – UPDATE: Officers Treated for Serious Injuries After Work Accident at Lewis Prison
Buckeye, AZ (November 27, 2019) – Three correctional officers were treated and released from the hospital after becoming sick while inspecting an inmate’s cell at a prison outside Phoenix.
A department spokesman said that investigators are still investigating what the substance was that injured the three officers and two additional people who weren’t hospitalized. Buckeye police spokeswoman Donna Rossi said Monday that emergency crews were called to the prison around 2:00 p.m. after the officers became disoriented, light-headed and began to vomit after entering a cell just before noon.
Hazardous material crews investigated the situation, and inmates reported no medical symptoms, though there have been problems at the prison in the past. According to officials, the prison has had past issues with broken locks, and a video captured an officer being beaten by inmates as a result of the faulty equipment.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Injurious Work Accidents in Arizona
Worksite accidents causing injury last year resulted in almost 40 deaths in Arizona. When it comes to rugged work sites and commercial labor jobs across the state, injuries can be common. Workers in these areas often operate heavy equipment and machinery or deal with corrosive chemicals, which can sometimes be defective or outdated, resulting in injury.
Workers can be exposed to chemicals or dangerous materials without their full consent or knowledge, leaving them vulnerable to serious injury. And after a work accident, victims and families are often left with financial difficulties and emotional trauma. 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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Disclaimer: As members of the local Phoenix and broader Arizona community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.