Star Wars Production Company prosecuted by HSE

The Health and Safety Executive have investigated the production company behind Star Wars ‘ The Force Awakens’ film after one of its leading actors broke his leg in a hydraulic door.

The incident involved Harrison Ford, who was seriously injured, after he was struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon.  He sustained a number of injuries including a broken leg and had to be airlifted to hospital.

The HSE investigated the movie set to establish how the accident had happened and decided to prosecute the production company ‘Foodles’  for four criminal charges as it was believed that there was evidence to prove the company had acted irresponsibly.

The Production company is a subsidiary of Disney and has been notified that they will be charged with breaching UK health and safety laws.

A Foodles spokesperson 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.”

An HSE spokesperson said:

“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.”

The case will be heard at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12th May this year.

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