prosecutions

20th October 2016

Environmental services company fined £30,000

A Lancashire based environmental services company has been fined £30,000 with £4,500 in costs after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed in a conveyor. HSE’s investigation found that no suitable and sufficient risk assessment had been carried out to identify the risks from the rollers. There was no suitable isolation process or guarding in place, and no safe system of work for cleaning the rollers

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.