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June 17th 2014

Serious Injury

Who’s looking out for Harrison after Han Solo suffered an injury at work?

Who’s looking out for Harrison after Han Solo suffered an injury at work?

AS Indiana Jones, he’s used to facing all kinds of dangers in the line of duty – from racing away from huge tumbling rocks in underground caves to crossing broken bridges and leaping from planes which are shot from the sky.

AS Indiana Jones, he’s used to facing all kinds of dangers in the line of duty – from racing away from huge tumbling rocks in underground caves to crossing broken bridges and leaping from planes which are shot from the sky.

Some may say its part and parcel of the job of being a Hollywood film star, and anyway, any injuries suffered are only for effect.

But suffering a broken ankle, and perhaps further injuries to his chest and pelvis when the hydraulic door of a ‘spaceship’ fell onto him when filming the new “Star Wars: Episode VII” blockbuster recently, big screen star Harrison Ford may now well beg to differ.

The 71-year-old star needing airlifting to the trauma unit of John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after the accident occurred at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

He is now likely miss between six and eight weeks of filming, and as of yet, the full extent of his injuries are unclear.

Despite this obviously being a serious incident and injury, much of the publicity since has been around the delays to filming, and the problems caused by our hero Harrison – who plays Han Solo in the legendary film series – being out of action.

His son, Ben, has said that his father could need a plate and screws put into his ankle as a result.

Talk in the media has been solely around bringing some scenes forward and pushing others back in a bid to ensure the release date – of December 2015 – is not pushed back.

It has also been said that film crews may need to rearrange scenes in order to show the actor from the waist up over the coming weeks, or reschedule filming.

“There are lots of other actors in the movie so it is not a disaster. We are still confident the film can stay on schedule,” one production source told London’s Mirror.

But what about poor Harrison?

Injuries to his chest and pelvis, and a plate and screws in his ankle is hardly perfect for him to pitch for one more shot at playing the great Indiana.

And no doubt given his status in the world film industry, serious questions will be being asked behind the scenes as to how the injury happened.

Imagine a similar scenario in an office, or factory, and questions would be raised as to how the injury had happened.

The individual involved would be left out of pocket (maybe not such an issue for Harrison) as they are left out of work, needing extra support from their families day to day, and left suffering in pain.

At Neil Hudgell Solicitors, we deal with many cases where people are injured at work, be it from a slip, trip or fall, from using faulty equipment, not having the right protection, or adequate procedures not being in place.

Employees quite rightly expect their working environment to be kept safe by their employers to ensure they are safe from harm, and if they suffer and injury as a result, they could be in line for compensation.

Whether it be a local supermarket, an office, a factory floor or the film-set of the latest blockbuster movie, the requirements over employee safety remain the same.

Even Indiana Jones expects some form of protection from his employers, and so should you.

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