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Prison Officer Wins Work Claims Compensation for MoJ Non-Compliance

Posted on: September 18th, 2010

A prison officer, who was seriously injured after a night orderly officer’s failure to comply with prison procedure, is to receive 47,500 pounds in work claims compensation.

Keith Brown, 55, from Dorchester in Dorset, suffered a fracture at the base of his thumb after being attacked by a known disruptive and violent inmate at HM Prison Dorchester in January 2006.

The inmate charged at Mr. Brown after the night orderly opened the inmate’s cell door – in contravention to a number of prison procedures – causing the injury, which failed to heal properly and stills limits the use of Mr Brown’s thumb.

In an out of court work claims settlement, the Ministry of Justice admitted liability and agreed to pay 47,500 pounds in compensation on the basis that Mr. Brown was placed in an unsafe position.

Mr Brown continues to work at HM Prison Dorchester in a restricted position.