Manufacturing Sector

Film company facing £11,000 bill for cameraman fall

Health & Safety Update 01/03/2012

A film company has been fined after a cameraman was seriously injured falling from a film set at the famed Shepperton Studios in Middlesex.

The 62-year-old worker fell more than three metres through an opening in the floor of the set of the film 47 Ronin in May 2010. The cameraman, who escaped with bruising and suspected broken ribs, was employed by production company, Warrior Productions Ltd, which held responsibility for the health and safety conditions on the set.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the elevated parts of the set had been built without edge protection, to fit in with its setting of 18th century Japan. The company, which is based in Central London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £10,500, and compensation to the worker of £300.

HSE inspector, Stephen Green, said that the platform was in complete darkness when the incident occurred.

“Numerous people had been or were still on the platform, and therefore were all exposed to the risk,” he said. “The cameraman was lucky to escape with bruising and suspected cracked ribs as falls from a similar height can cause serious or even fatal injuries.”

He added that the company was aware of the hazard as they had installed temporary edge guards in some areas, but there had not been a full assessment of the set.

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