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Prisons: Industrial Injuries

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 273811, tabled on 5 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued to staff working in prisons on (a) reporting and (b) not reporting injuries sustained at work.

Answered on

11 July 2019

HM Prison and Probation Service issues national guidance on the reporting of injuries sustained by staff. This can be found at the following link:

This document outlines and clarifies the key duties to be undertaken by staff and managers reporting and recording work place accidents, injury and ill-health to employees and third parties and any associated litigation. It is designed to achieve more consistent standards, deliver pragmatic and effective legal compliance and reduce duplication of effort and documentation across the estate.

All staff are aware of the requirement to record and report accidents and injuries arising from their work within prison service establishments. Managers also have a duty of care to ensure that necessary investigations are carried out in accordance with the policy.