An incident that occurred during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has led to the prosecution of the film company involved. On 12 June 2014 Harrison Ford was filming on the set of the Millennium Falcon when he was struck by a hydraulic metal door. This led to a broken leg and other injuries to the actor. The film company is due to be prosecuted over four breaches of health and safety law which include sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for failing to protect employees and others, Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for failing to properly assess risks and Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 for failing to prevent access to any dangerous part of machinery.
This case highlights how employers must take reasonable steps to protect the safety and health of workers, regardless of the industry. The fact that this was a film set is irrelevant, it was still a place of work and all employers have a legal duty to ensure the safety of employees and others (no matter how famous!). The case is due to be heard on 12 May 2016.