Star Wars film company face prosecution over Harrison Ford set accident

The actor broke his leg after being struck by a hydraulic door while filming The Force Awakens

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The production company which made Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be prosecuted over the on-set accident which resulted in Harrison Ford breaking his leg.

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Foodles Production (UK) Ltd – a subsidiary of Disney – will face four criminal charges brought by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) related to the accident which took place at Pinewood studios in June 2014. 

Ford – who plays Han Solo in the sci-fi franchise – was struck by a hydraulic metal door while filming on the Millennium Falcon set and was airlifted to hospital for surgery.

A statement from HSE said: “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.”

Representatives for Foodles Production – the company which produced The Force Awakens – will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12th May. 

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The film was released in cinemas last December and has gone on to take more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office.