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Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1228185.015 - 134351 - Nc Department Of Public Safety - Bertie Correction

Inspection Information - Office: Nc Raleigh

Nr: 1228185.015Report ID: 0453710Open Date: 04/27/2017

134351 - Nc Department Of Public Safety - Bertie Correction
218 Cooper Hill Road
Windsor, NC 27983
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 9223/Correctional Institutions
NAICS: 922140/Correctional Institutions
Mailing: Po Box 129, Windsor, NC 27983

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/20/2017
Close Case:10/16/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 95084.015Event: 04/26/2017Employee Is Assaulted By Inmate And Is Killed
At April 26, 2017, an inmate started a fire in the common area of Unit Tan 2, Block D on the downstairs level near the right latrine. An inmate stood over the trash can with his back to the surveillance camera and used some unidentified source to ignite the contents of a gray 50 gallon plastic trash can. Once the contents of the trash can were ignited and flames were visible the inmate moved the trash can out of the corner two to three feet along a waist high wall and then walked across the room. A code was announced by the control room officer indicating that a fire was in Unit Tan 2, Block D. Employee #1's office was located outside the entry way of Blocks D, E and F. Employee #1 ran from her office and entered the control room to retrieve an ABC portable fire extinguisher and then went into Block D to fight the fire. As Employee #1 began to extinguish the fire, the inmate who started the fire approached her from behind and started assaulting her. An inmate riot/disturbance code was called by the control room officer. In an attempt to escape the assault, Employee #1 turned to her right running away from the inmate, who then reached around her and threw a bowl of liquid into her face causing her to stop. It was when she stopped to attend to her face that the inmate took the fire extinguisher from Employee #1 and started hitting her with it in her head. As Employee #1 fell to the floor the inmate stood over her and continued striking her in the head several more times which resulted in her death.
Keywords: workplace violence, struck by, fire extinguisher
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1228185.015 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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