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Star Wars Producers Fined £1.6 Million

Image of the Millennium Falcon spaceship from Star Wars films relating to an accident at work incident involving Harrison Ford

The makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been sentenced following an accident at work incident in which Harrison Ford was seriously injured.

Incident

The actor sustained a broken leg and several deep lacerations when he was pinned to the floor of the Millennium Falcon set after a prop door closed on him. On 12 June 2014, during a dress rehearsal, Mr Ford pressed the prop door button to close the door. As it was not a full rehearsal, he did not expect it to close however the production crew member who was operating the prop believed they were and closed the door.

HSE Investigation

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that there was no automatic emergency cut off in place, instead those on set would rely on the reactions of prop operators to control the door.

It was found that a combination of events, all of which preventable, led to the incident – starting with the design of the door. The door was made up of a steel frame, overlaid with metal sheets and had a tapered edge. The door moved from ceiling to floor in a swift downwards motion and did not have any automated safety features in place to halt this motion if someone was underneath.

Aylesbury Crown Court heard how Foodles Production (UK) Ltd should have had a system in place to ensure the actors and production workers were protected on set. The risks of the door causing a serious injury or even death had previously been underlined by a health and safety officer for the production company.

The court heard that had the door been designed differently, with an automated safety feature in place, the incident would not have occurred.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty at a previous hearing to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd were last week fined a total of £1.6 million. The production copany was also ordered to pay costs of £20,861.22.

HSE’s Divisional Director Tim Galloway said:

“This incident was foreseeable and preventable and could have resulted in more serious injury or even death.

“The power and speed of the door was such that, had Mr Ford or anyone else had been struck on the head by the door as it closed, they might easily have been killed.

“It was only the almost instantaneous actions of the prop operator in hitting the emergency stop that prevented the door from continuing to press down on Mr Ford as he lay on the floor.

“I think everyone would accept that all the people who work in the film industry have a right to know that the risks they take to entertain us, including when making action movies, are properly managed and controlled.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Injury at Work | Star Wars Producers Plead Guilty to Safety Failings

The production company behind the latest Star Wars movie, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, recently pleaded guilty to safety breaches following an incident of injury at work.

Injury on Set

The company’s guilty plea refers to an incident in which actor Harrison Ford suffered a serious injury at work. While filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Pinewood Studios in 2014, the actor became trapped underneath a metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon. Mr Ford sustained a broken leg during the incident.

Appearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on 26 July, Foodles admitted to ‘failing to protect actors and workers’. The production company pleaded guilty to two charges in total. Sentencing will take place later this year at Aylesbury Crown Court.

A spokesman for Health and Safety Executive said:

“During the filming of Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens, the actor Harrison Ford was badly injured after he became trapped under a rapidly closing metal-framed door. The power of the door’s drive system was comparable to the weight of a small car.

“This was a foreseeable incident. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd has accepted it failed to protect actors and staff and HSE welcomes the firm’s guilty plea.

“Every employer in every industry has a legal duty to manage risks in the workplace. Risks are part and parcel of everyday life, and this is acknowledged by health and safety law – but they still need to be identified and managed in a proportionate way.

“The British film industry has a world renowned reputation for making exceptional films. Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff – regardless of their celebrity status – is vital to protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as protecting the reputation of the industry.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

If you have suffered an injury at work you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.

Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk.

Source: Health and Safety Executive; Hampson Hughes Solicitors