Hot water valve accident injures three at High Desert State Prison

A civilian employee and two inmates at High Desert State Prison were injured yesterday when a valve on a hot water pump burst.

According to a statement from HDSP, the incident occurred about 10:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30 as the employee and two inmates were replacing a hot water pump for one of the facility dining halls.

“As they were working, a valve that was shut off burst, injuring the staff member and both incarcerated workers.” according to the statement. “One of the incarcerated workers was able to summon an alarm and other HDSP correctional and health care staff responded.

“The CDCR staff member and one of the incarcerated workers were transported to an outside hospital and are currently being treated for their injuries, both are in fair condition. The other incarcerated worker was treated at the institution and did not require outside care.”