Corrections brings back revised fitness tests following prison guard’s death

Corrections officer Danny Bond suffered a fatal medical event during a fitness test at Christchurch Men's Prison on April 7. (File photo)

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Corrections officer Danny Bond suffered a deadly medical occasion throughout a health check at Christchurch Men’s Prison on April 7. (File photograph)

Corrections has resumed necessary health exams a few month after a veteran prison guard died doing his.

Danny Bond, a Corrections officer of greater than 28 years, collapsed whereas enterprise a bodily readiness evaluation (PRA) on April 7.

Corrections nationwide commissioner Rachel Leota ordered a full evaluate into the PRA, and exams had been halted throughout the nation.

A current memo to workers from Leota, leaked to Stuff, mentioned an occupational drugs specialist had accomplished an preliminary evaluate of the PRA course of and confirmed it was secure. The exams would resume for current workers, whereas a separate investigation into Bond’s demise was persevering with.

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The memo mentioned each Corrections and the unions had not too long ago agreed on adjustments to the PRA coverage and associated procedures.

The revised coverage allowed workers to declare any recognized medical points earlier than doing the PRA, which might excuse them from doing it on the day and permit them to postpone it for as much as three months.

Anyone with a long-term or critical medical situation was suggested to inform their supervisor as quickly as attainable.

Staff had been awarded a color after finishing their PRA: crimson, amber or inexperienced. Those within the crimson zone should repeat the check when required, these graded amber would wait one yr, and workers within the inexperienced zone might wait two years.

A inexperienced zone exemption course of had been launched, permitting workers within the crimson zone to proceed regular duties in sure circumstances. Corrections would additionally provide personalised help.

“The occasion evaluate makes it clear that you just shouldn’t be pressured into finishing the PRA in case you have any security issues about your capacity to finish it. In explicit, for those who really feel you might be being pressured to do the PRA, and can’t elevate this with administration, we urge you to speak to your union delegate,” Leota mentioned within the memo.


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“Please bear in mind the PRA shouldn’t be aggressive. All that’s required is that you just do your greatest to finish it as effectively as you possibly can. Nobody desires to see workers placing themselves in danger to raised a colleague’s efficiency.”

Sources earlier instructed Stuff Bond was involved about having to do the PRA due to current medical points.

A Corrections spokesman confirmed the PRA course of had resumed.

He mentioned the adjustments to the exams had been made in February, earlier than Bond’s demise, as a part of the settlement with the unions to evaluate the PRA each two years.

“One of the needs of the PRA is to guarantee workers that they and their workmates are bodily capable of do the job safely,” the spokesman mentioned.

Following an earlier Stuff story, Christchurch Men’s Prison director Jo Harrex instructed workers media had made contact to “study extra in regards to the circumstances” of Bond’s demise.

“It is unacceptable that doubtlessly a workers member has offered info to the media a few colleague on this method – this act was unwarranted and self-serving with no regard for the household or workers,” she warned them.

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