MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Two prison employees, testifying in the trial of seven corrections workers accused of beating inmates, said Tuesday they did not recall seeing signs of physical abuse on prisoners the day after a 1983 disturbance at a state prison.

But one witness, prison Chaplain Charles Smith of Montgomery, said he wasn't looking for signs of abuse and could only see the heads and shoulders of inmates locked in the cells after the violent uprising at Kilby Correctional Center near Montgomery. One prisoner suffered a broken wrist in the disturbance on June 13, 1983.

Smith, the first witness called by the defense which opened its case Tuesday afternoon, testified on the seventh day of the U.S. District Court trial. The seven defendants are accused on misdemeanor charges of violating inmates' civil rights by beating them.

The prosecution rested its case Tuesday morning after presenting five days of testimony from guards and inmates who said prisoners involved in the fiery disturbance in Kilby's isolation unit were punished by being stripped, forced to crawl on their hands and knees for 21/2 days and made to bark like dogs.

Defense attorneys have contended either their clients were not involved or the physical force was justified.

Charged are former associate prison commissioner James C. Cooke, former Kilby Warden Larry Spears, prison regional coordinator Frank Griswold, former Kilby guard captain Matthew Jordan, and guards Albert E. Williams, Eddie L. Roanoke and Anthony Q. Gibson. Cooke, Griswold, Spears and Roanoke also are charged with perjury, a felony, for allegedly lying to a federal grand jury.

The chaplain said he talked to at least three of the inmates the day after the protest and they were not injured. But, Smith added, ''For me to observe an injury, it had to be around the head or face.''

''The inmates who were in their cells - (the ones) that had been involved - they were stripped and their cells were stripped,'' he said.

Smith said he recalled that one inmate, Maurice Brown, had a cast on his arm about the time of the uprising, but he wasn't certain if it was before or after the disturbance.

Kilby prison guard Capt. Darryl Parker testified that he went to the isolation until June 14 and saw several inmates on their hands and knees, some naked, scrubbing the hallway. He said he did not find the scene unusual because ''you have to be on your hands and knees'' to scrub.

He said he thought the inmates were naked because ''they had burned their clothes'' in the uprising.