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U.S. correctional officers killed or injured on the job.
Konda-S; Tiesman-H; Reichard-A; Hartley-D
Correct Today 2013 Nov/Dec; 75(5):122-125
Correctional officers are at risk for work-related injuries due to both fatal and nonfatal assaults and violent acts, transportation-related fatalities and overexertion. While there are some prevention efforts currently in place to reduce inmate assaults, efforts to reduce other work-related injuries are rare. However, the National Institute of Corrections has recommended that the overall safety of a correctional facility can be improved if facilities address staffing shortage issues; follow good operational procedures; and provide adequate facilities - such as basic medical and mental health care needs, qualified health care staff, personal protective equipment and safety training programs. In addition, future research should identify risk factors unique to each event type so that appropriate prevention efforts can be developed and implemented to reduce these injuries.
Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Correctional-facilities; Correctional-officers; Injury-prevention; Protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Training; Stress; Job-stress; Surveillance
Issue of Publication
Healthcare and Social Assistance; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division