Star Wars film firm to be prosecuted over Harrison Ford injury

Foodles Production faces four charges after US actor suffered broken leg during filming

Harrison Ford: Foodles Production is to be prosecuted over an incident in which the actor was injured during the filming  of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Harrison Ford: Foodles Production is to be prosecuted over an incident in which the actor was injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

 

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 12th to face four charges.

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 12th, 2014.

A spokesman said: “The HSE [Health and Safety Executive] 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.

– (PA)