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A violent prisoner has assaulted another three prison officers at Casuarina Prison today, just over a week after he attacked five officers while being escorted to make a telephone call, the WA Prison Officers' Union says.

A statement released by the union this afternoon, said the inmate kicked a prison officer as the officer was cuffing him to be escorted to the shower.

"The kick caused the officer’s leg to buckle and he fell to the floor. Two other officers intervened and were injured," the statement said.

One officer sustained a hand injury while it is believed the other officers suffered minor grazes and bruising. All three officers have been sent home to recuperate.

WA Prison Officers’ Union Secretary John Welch said the latest assaults brought the number of attacks on prison officers to nearly 90 in the past year.

Mr Welch called on the Barnett Government to start showing some respect to the men and women working in WA jails.

“It’s time the Barnett Government acknowledged the dangerous jobs that prison officers do and the difficult environments they work in," Mr Welch said. “With the prison system nearing breaking point, it’s time the State Government started fixing the crisis in WA’s prison system.”

Prison Officers are calling for proper staffing levels, new prison facilities to deal with the chronic overcrowding and better pay and conditions.

A Department of Corrective Services confirmed the incident involved three officers.

She said the matter would be referred to police.

The West Australian

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