Star Wars Production Company fined for injuring Harrison Ford

Following our previous blog reporting the fine handed down to Alton Towers after the Smiler crash, the Court yesterday sentenced the film company responsible for producing the latest Star Wars movie after it pleaded guilty to Section 2 and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £1.6 million.

Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg and was airlifted to hospital after a prop door on the Millennium Falcon set closed on him during filming. During the hearing, the Court was told that a number of preventable events led to the unfortunate incident.  The risk of the door causing a serious injury or death had been highlighted in a risk assessment but the risk had not been communicated to Harrison Ford nor had steps been taken to prevent or minimise the risk.

Forbes comment

Above all, this matter demonstrates that it is not sufficient to simply have a risk assessment in place.  Judge Francis Sheridan said: “The greatest failing of all on behalf of the company is a lack of communication, a lack because, if you have a risk assessment and you do not communicate it, what is the point of having one?” When risks are identified as part of a risk assessment, reasonable steps must be taken to prevent harm from occurring.

Sarah Wilkinson

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