The production company behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is in a bit of hot water. British workplace safety authorities are prosecuting the company over an incident that occurred in which star Harrison Ford broke his leg.
Britain’s Health and Safety Executive announced the news today that it intended to prosecute Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. on four charges related to the incident.
The accident in question occurred in June of 2014, when Ford was struck by a hydraulic metal door on the Millennium Falcon set. Ford broke his leg and required surgery as a result.
The HSE said in a statement, “By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers – this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.”
Foodles Production has said it is “disappointed” by the decision of the HSE. They also 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.”
Representatives of Foodles Production will have to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on May 12.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was filmed in Buckinghamshire at Pinewood Studios . The film was a huge success, breaking box office records all around the globe and scoring high marks from critics to boot. It broke the $1 billion mark faster than any film ever had before.
Ford has yet to comment on the proceedings, but did issue a statement through a spokesperson at the time of the accident, who said, “He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.” The actor also poked fun at director J.J. Abrams about the incident during promotional appearances for the film.
Production of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is currently underway, with filming to again occur at Pinewood. That film is set for release in December 2017.
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