There are many types of jobs that can result in serious injuries or even death. Some professions require employees to handle dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. Other workplaces are dangerous because of the heavy machinery or equipment that is necessary for production.
One worker that was injured a few days ago did not work in either of those work environments. Instead, the worker was employed at the Federal Prison in Florence, Colorado. There are few details about the incident that left two workers injured, one with a serious head injury.
Two days ago, there was some sort of attack or assault that occurred in the Federal Prison. It is not for certain, but there may have been a prisoner situation that escalated and created a dangerous situation for the three staff members who were in the area.
Fortunately, when the situation occurred, there were three employees instead of one, which is apparently the number that is usually present. The head of the local union stated that if only one worker had been there, the result may have been far more devastating.
Until more information is released, one can only wonder how the workers were injured and what actually happened in those moments. One worker has been released from the hospital after being treated for what can only be assumed to be minor injuries.
The other worker is still in the hospital, suffering from a head injury. The worker's skull was fractured during the situation, but the extent of the injury is unknown. A serious head injury may sometimes cause brain damage, resulting in paralysis and even mental and emotional instability.
As the worker continues to recover, there are other consequences from the injury. The worker will not be able to work during the recovery and will lose paychecks. If the worker has a family, they also will face financial struggles such as high hospital expenses.
Again, the situation that caused the injury remains unknown. But under certain circumstances, the injured worker may be able to seek workers' compensation for any losses incurred as a result of the injury.
Source: NBC News: Colorado Springs and Pueblo online, "Federal prison worker has fractured skull," Bea Karnes, 23 December 2010