Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been in the news this week for reasons beyond breaking box office records. Due to an accident on-set in 2014 that resulted in a broken leg for Harrison Ford, charges have been filed against the film's production company.
The BBC reports, "the HSE [the UK's Health and Safety Executive] said it believed there was sufficient evidence about the incident which left Ford with serious injuries, to bring four charges relating to alleged health and safety breaches. A spokesperson added: 'By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers - this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.'" If found guilty, the company faces fines and even possible jail time.
This comes not long after a fatal incident on the set of Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, which also raised questions of how best to manage EHS concerns on-set.
Film production companies and executives need to be aware of EHS issues and know when to call in for backup. Stakes are high, with a great deal of money and publicity on the line, not to mention the safety of the cast and crew.
Film sets are extremely complex, and understanding which OSHA regulations apply and how best to translate those into policy, training, and equipment to best manage risk and protect everyone involved is vital.