Star Wars not immune to prosecution

It might be the most successful movie ever at the UK box office, however the most anticipated film of the year has not managed to outgun the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who has brought four criminal charges against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd (a subsidiary of Disney) after a hydraulic metal door on the Pinewood set of the Millennium Falcon struck actor Harrison Ford and broke his leg in June 2014.

Production on the film was suspended for two weeks after the injury to Ford, who was 71 at the time.

Following an investigation, the HSE have said that they believe that there was sufficient evidence to bring four charges relating to alleged health and safety breaches.

Foodles Production said that it was “disappointed” by the HSE’s decision. They may well be disappointed, but in law, the employer must take all reason precautions to protect workers – this is true in the office or on a big budget film set!

Emma Fishwick, Head of Employers’ Liability at Michael Lewin Solicitors, commented “The incident left the actor with some serious injuries and it is essential employers make sure they provide a safe working environment.”

“We see plenty of cases where employers haven’t taken the required steps to protect workers or visitors on their premises and unfortunately some of the injuries are significant enough for individuals to make a claim against them.”

We are sure that the safety of all cast and crew is a priority for Foodles, but the law is the law, and we support the HSE in the effort to crack down on breaches of workplace health and safety laws.

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