In short: HSE to prosecute production co over Harrison Ford’s Star Wars leg break
Friday 12th February 2016
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Foodles Production (UK) has been told that it will face charges under Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act of failing to protect its workers and others, Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations which requires dutyholders to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments, and Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations which requires equipment to be safe to use.
Ford, 73, suffered a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon. He sustained two fractures in his leg and a dislocated ankle and was airlifted to hospital. He was away from the production for two months.
Foodles Production will appear to hear the charges at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court on 12 May.
A pressurised gas cylinder was put through a shearing machine for processing on 16 June 2009 when it exploded. Tony Johnson, 55, was hit in the head by a large section of the cylinder and died from his injuries. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found Walter Heselwood had not adequately assessed the risks from handling different types of scrap metal and failed to implement appropriate measures to minimise these risks, such as installing a blast wall.
The pressurised gas cylinder arrived at Walter Heselwood’s site in Sheffield hidden inside a water tank. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Kirsty Storer explained that orphaned pressurised gas cylinders often turn up in waste streams destined for recycling sites. Orphaned cylinders do not belong to major companies such as Calor Gas, BP Gas, Flogas and BOC Industrial Gases, which have retrieval arrangements.
Edgemere Projects of Tarporley, Cheshire, was principal contractor at a construction site in Wilmslow when a pack of bricks fell on 23 year-old Andrew Dytiche on 7 January 2011. Dytiche sustained fatal crush injuries.HSE inspector found materials storage at the site was badly organised and pallets used to store and move bricks were also in poor condition.Edgemere Projects pleaded guilty to charges of failing to protect employees and contractors under Sections 2(1) & 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £97,500 plus £300,000 prosecution costs.
Natural Insulation (formerly Black Mountain Insulation) did not conduct an adequate assessment for processing hemp and failed to adequately guard machinery. The investigation was carried out following concerns raised anonymously.
As we reported on 27 January, a crew from Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering and workers supplied by Littlewood Fencing were deployed on 1 October 2012 to repair an Armco barrier that had been hit by a beer lorry. They were also clearing up the thousands of beer cans on the carriageway, removing debris and setting up temporary traffic management systems.
Larry Newman, 37, was part of a team sent out by subsidiary firm Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering to install temporary traffic management measures and repair a barrier that had been damaged in a collision on the A2 road. The crew deployed a lorry-mounted crane to remove a post footing that had snapped. During the work, the crane became unstable and swung backwards, hitting Newman on the head and killing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.