‘Star Wars’ Producers Prosecuted for Harrison Ford’s On-Set Accident
Production executives behind Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens are facing four charges relating to an on-set incident which left Harrison Ford injured. The Indiana Jones star broke his leg when the hydraulic door of his character Han Solo’s spaceship the Millennium Falcon fell on him during filming at Pinewood Studios near London in June 2014.
He was airlifted to hospital for surgery and returned to the U.S. to recover before production resumed. Officials at Britain’s workplace watchdog The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident, and have now concluded bosses of Foodles Production (UK) Ltd., a subsidiary of Disney, should face four charges relating to alleged breaches of health and safety law. A HSE spokesperson says, “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 executives are due to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court in England on May 12.