Despite one prisoner being hospitalised and claims of others being badly hurt, so far this year Serco has reported just one serious harm incident to WorkSafe New Zealand, and that was a rugby accident.
Under Serco’s watch, Mt Eden jail is top of the heap for serious prisoner assaults.
Behind the wire in February a prisoner fell from a landing. Exactly how that happened is disputed, but the extent of his injuries is not.
“He has bones protruding from his leg,” says Beven Hanlon of the Corrections Association. “Both legs were broke and he had casts up to his hips on both legs.”
There is no record of this case being reported to WorkSafe, even though fractures count as serious injuries.
Health and safety laws mean employers have to report any incidents where someone is seriously hurt in the workplace. Now WorkSafe says that includes injuries to prisoners too.
The employer, in this case Serco, must notify WorkSafe as soon possible and file a written report within seven days. Flouting that law could mean a $250,000 fine.
…So SERCO are just lying and covering up prisoner beatings and because the Government are wedded to this free market right wing experiment for ideological reasons, SERCO aren’t going to lose a thing other than a slap on the wrist?
Fight clubs, corrupt guards, prisoner beatings, rape, possibly a death, stand over tactics and a corporation that cooks its books to avoid punishment.
We’ve blown over a billion dollars building SERCO a 960 bed prison and are handing them $30m in profits per year – so how’s this right wing experiment working out for you folks?
No sooner had a I posted but there has been a prisoner death at Mt Eden. Mt Eden was taken over by Corrections 2 weeks ago. How the sudden clamp down of actual maintenance of a prison has impacted this death will need to be ascertained.