18th October 2016

Star Wars: The Return of the Foreseeability Case

After we covered the foreseeability case which saw Harrison Ford sustain an injury whilst on set in our HSE blog, the media has confirmed the outcome.

It has been reported that the production company of the latest Star Wars film has been fined £1.6m following an accident which occurred during filming at Pinewood Studios in 2014.

During the recording process of the film, a prop - the metal door of the Millennium Falcon spaceship - fell on Harrison Ford’s leg, breaking it. Following a subsequent prosecution, the company, owned by Disney, pleaded guilty to two charges brought against it by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Aylesbury Crown Court was told how Mr Ford could have been killed as the force of the door equated to being hit by a small car. Judge Francis Sheridan made it clear that the production company had failed to put in place a sensible risk assessment that was communicated in a clear manner. He 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?”

"That is the most serious breach here.”

"If only they had included Mr Ford in all the discussions, he might have at least been alert to the dangers that he had to avoid."

Jane Anderson, Regulatory Solicitor at Cartwright King Solicitors said:

“As identified by the court, undertaking a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and then communicating to all relevant persons is the cornerstone of proper and adequate health and safety arrangements. The assessment of risks is fundamental for good health and safety”.  

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