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Stars Wars film company prosecuted over Harrison Ford leg break

Published 11/02/2016

Harrison Ford was injured during the filming at Pinewood Studios of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens
Harrison Ford was injured during the filming at Pinewood Studios of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens
A film production company is to be prosecuted over an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Pinewood Studios.

A film production company is to be prosecuted over an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Pinewood Studios.

Foodles Production (UK) will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on May 12 to face four charges.

Mr Ford suffered a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship on June 12, 2014.

A spokesman said: "The HSE has today informed Foodles Production (UK) Ltd that it will be prosecuted over four alleged breaches of health and safety law.

"The charges relate to an incident during filming of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which left Harrison Ford with serious injuries after he was hit by a heavy hydraulic door.

"By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers - this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.

"We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court."

Foodles Production (UK) Ltd is the company responsible for producing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and under health and safety law for managing the risks created during production, said the HSE.

The star was returning to his role as Han Solo in the movie when he broke his left leg during filming at the world renowned studios.

Ford was airlifted to hospital in Oxford after the incident, which police said involved a garage door, although there were suggestions it could have been the door of Star Wars spacecraft the Millennium Falcon.

The parent company of Foodles is the film's maker, global entertainment giant Disney.

The four alleged breaches are two under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, one 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.

A spokeswoman for Foodles Production (UK) Ltd said: "Cast and crew safety is always a top priority. We provided full co-operation during HSE's investigation into the on-set accident that occurred in June 2014 and are disappointed in HSE's decision."

George Lucas sold his company, Lucasfilm, to the Walt Disney Co in 2012 for 4.06 billion dollars (£2.7bn), and the studio charged ahead in developing The Force Awakens with director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Disney has plans for two more Star Wars films and three anthology films set in the Star Wars universe over the next few years.

The Force Awakens has taken 2,008,361,000 US dollars (£1.38bn) at the worldwide Box Office as of February 7, according to industry body Rentrak.

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