Health and safety legislation applies to film making of intergalactic adventures as much as to everyday working life following HSE decision last month to prosecute Foodles Production (UK) Ltd following the accident to actor Harrison Ford on 12 June 2014 during filming of the latest Star Wars film.
Mr Ford suffered a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a heavy hydraulic door on the set of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.
The HSE are prosecuting for breaches under various sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
The fundamental alleged breach is a said to be a failure to protect employees and take reasonable precautions. A key element of the Management Regulations which have been in force since 1992 is the requirement to undertake a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
Identifying gaps in risk assessments for our clients
We regularly advise clients of any short comings and endeavour to identify gaps in risk assessment on our audits. There is a requirement to identify reasonably foreseeable risks and eliminate, reduce or control them. It can be a complex exercise so it is certainly worth contacting us as experienced professionals in this field to obtain advice.
We need to ensure there is an acceptable level of insurer claims defensibility to prevent a claims record deteriorating and of course promote good practices in health and safety management.
It will be interesting to see how the above case develops. If the Millennium Falcon doors are subject to PUWER and the Galactic Empire requires risk assessments then certainly the full force of the HSE applies to any business intergalactic or otherwise.
All accidents are preventable and risk assessment when properly undertaken can ensure that employees are not hurt and the business not interrupted by HSE enforcement.
Please contact us with any enquiries as we have a team of health and safety and risk management professionals and also collectively know a little about Star Wars too! For further information please contact our Risk Manager on 0161 833 2100
May the Force (of good Health and Safety practices) be with you…!