A South Carolina prison guard who suffered a work-related head injury on June 5 after inmates allegedly overpowered him and held him hostage for more than six hours is no doubt relieved to have gotten out of the life-threatening situation.
It took 100 corrections officers along with State Law Enforcement Division agents to regain control over the building that the inmates commandeered. Prison officials stressed that the prisoners were in no way a threat to the community at large since they were never able to actually leave the wing of the Lee Correctional Institution, located about 50 miles northeast of Columbia. The guard sustained his work-related injury after inmates took advantage of him while he was escorting a prison nurse through the wing of the facility.
According to reports, prisoners who had illegal cellphones contacted Lee County dispatchers and informed them of the situation, leading officers to believe the attack was not well-planned, and that they could take advantage of that fact by attacking. The inmates who did take part reportedly tried to disguise the guard as a prisoner, but rescuers among the corrections officers recognized him and took him to safety.
Now, the prison guard suffering the work-related injury to his head may find himself facing medical bills, the need for counseling, and perhaps the need to take time off work to recuperate from physical and potentially emotional damage. South Carolina residents who have suffered similar work-related injuries may find it helpful to look into seeking workers' compensation or other sorts of benefits in order to gain the financial security that they deserve.
Source: KZTV10.com, "South Carolina Prison Guard Rescued," June 6, 2012