In our February 2016 bulletin we reported on the HSE’s decision to prosecute Foodles Production (UK) Ltd (Foodles), a subsidiary of Disney, following a broken leg and other injuries suffered by the actor, Harrison Ford, whilst filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was struck by a metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon at Pinewood Studios on 12 June 2014.
Foodles pleaded guilty to one count under s2 HSWA 1974 and a second under s3. Two further charges, under Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and one under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, were both withdrawn.
On 26 July 2016 at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court, Foodles pleaded guilty to failing to protect actors and workers. The case was transferred to Aylesbury Crown Court for sentencing, which has been adjourned until October 2016. Foodles are expected to contest the level of risk of the accident.