13th October 2016

Star Wars film maker fined £1.6 million for injuring Harrison Ford

The makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been sentenced after failing to protect the actors and workers while on set during filming at Pinewood Studio, Slough, Buckinghamshire.

Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg and deep lacerations when he was knocked off his feet and pinned to the floor of the Millennium Falcon set, as a prop door closed on him. HSE’s investigation found that there was no automatic emergency cut off, to protect those on set, instead relying on the reactions of the prop operator(s) to bring the door to a stop

10th October 2016

Bedfordshire metal company fined after a worker suffered severe leg injuries and lost most of his foot.

A Bedfordshire metal company has been £130,000 with costs of £2,456 after a worker suffered severe leg injuries and lost most of his foot when a trolley carrying metal stock fell on his legs.

HSE found that the metal trolleys had been used on site for some twenty years without incident. The trolleys had been purchased to be used as ‘workstations’, but employees had chosen to also use them to move metal stock around the site. There was no risk assessment or written system of work for these trolleys at the time of the accident. The trolley also had faulty wheels and there was no record of any maintenance. After the accident, the trolley was given a safe working load of 500kg; half the weight placed on the trolley at the time of the accident.

10th October 2016

Cheeki Rafiki yacht death charges to be brought

The director of the firm that managed the Cheeki Rafiki yacht has been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter after it capsized in 2014, killing its crew. The 40ft yacht had been missing in the North Atlantic when it was found with no sign of its crew in May 2014.

The company is also charged with breaking merchant shipping laws.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it had carried out an investigation lasting more than two years into the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Cheeki Rafiki.