Star Wars: The HSE Awakens

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that it intends to prosecute after an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens. Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg when he was struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon.

A spokesman for HSE said:

“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers – this is as true on a film set as a factory floor. We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.”

The four alleged breaches are two under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, one under Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and one under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The hearing is currently listed for May 2016.

Forbes comment

This case demonstrates the importance of risk assessments and ensuring full compliance with health and safety laws. Employers should regularly review and implement their health and safety practices to avoid prosecution. Under the new Sentencing Guidelines effective from 1st February 2016, large organisations committing serious offences now face increased fines and penalties.

Sarah Wilkinson

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