Inmate Transported to Out-of-Area Hospital After Sustaining ‘Serious’ Hand Injury in SWAP Woodlot

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Sheriff badge Humboldt CountyOn Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at approximately 1400 hours, a 27 year old male inmate obtained a serious injury to his hand while working at the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) woodlot, Eureka. The injury occurred while operating a large wood splitter. The inmate was transported to an out of the area hospital and is currently in stable condition.

As standard practice Cal OSHA and Humboldt County Risk Management are currently reviewing this incident.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



  • Do inmates get workers comp?

  • I sure hope he did not get his hand caught between the thing and the other thing. Ouch.

  • “Workers Comp”, adding further injury to injury with its refusal to authorize meaningful/timely treatment…hope there’s a Negligence case somewhere so he’s not just another worker kicked to the curb like so much trash…

  • Veterans friend

    We do not really have any hospital in this area that can take care of ANY serious injury. In sohum they are trying to pass a tax measure to prop up the pathetic little “hospital” they have there.
    Don’t get hurt out there folks. You are doomed or you get a $200,000 helicopter ride

    • Truth. They didn’t have anyone to stay with my daughter, (No ICU staff) when she was brought into ER. They wanted us to take her home and watch her until enough staff there. FTS.

  • St Joseph hospital has actually gone through the rigorous process of getting trauma certified. They have an awesome team of nurses, surgeons, techs, etc working to keep our families from having to leave town for these emergent matters. Fewer people have had to be sent out. Good job!

  • The Health Care in area Is a travesty People should be DEMANDING better treatment

  • Thats what he gets i guess he wont be putting hands on women and children anymore

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