Physical Injuries Among Prison Officers In Western Australia
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
School of Exercise and Health Sciences/Occupational Health Research Group
Prison Officers (POs) frequently encounter risks at work that could cause injury. These are often perceived to be client-centred violence. This study (n = 146) investigated the causes and effects of physical injuries among POs in ·Western Australia (W A). Positive relationships between a number of variables and injury were established. It is recommended that the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) continue investigating all incidents in order to develop and implement appropriate long-term preventive and corrective measures. The DCS needs to address recruitment strategies in order to attract younger people into the profession as the current POs population is aging. Comprehensive physical training, fitness maintenance and continual education programs for POs should be implemented in order to improve their capacity to cope with the demands of their role.