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Production company in hot water over Star Wars incident that broke Harrison Ford's leg

Foodles Production (UK) Limited is being taken to court by the UK’s health and safety executive.

Britain Star Wars Accident Harrison Ford Source: AP/Press Association Images

A FILM PRODUCTION company in the UK is to face legal charges after Hollywood star Harrison Ford broke his leg on a set it was supervising.

Ford had his left leg broken, together with other injuries inflicted, by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon, his character Han Solo’s starship, during production of the latest Star Wars movie on 12 June 2014.

The actor was subsequently airlifted to hospital.

Foodles Production (UK) Ltd is the company that was responsible for producing the movie at the world famous Pinewood Studios near London. Its parent company is Disney, which acquired the rights to Star Wars from George Lucas in 2012.

millennium The Millennium Falcon

Following an investigation in the wake of the incident, the British Health and Safety Executive has decided to bring charges against the company in light of the “serious injuries” suffered by Ford.

“The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today informed Foodles Production (UK) Ltd that it will be prosecuted over an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens,” a spokesman for the HSE said in a statement.

London based Foodles will now appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12 May to face four charges.

“Foodles Production (UK) Ltd will be prosecuted over four alleged breaches of health and safety law,” the spokesman said.

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.

Ford was reprising his role as Solo, one of the 1980s most iconic Hollywood creations, when the accident occurred.

Comments are closed as this article concerns an ongoing legal matter

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