HSE to Prosecute Film Company After Star Wars Incident

Feb 12, 2016
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that it will instigate proceedings against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd regarding an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens.

Foodles Production (UK) Ltd based in London will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12 May 2016 to face four charges.  

During the incident Mr Ford suffered a broken leg and other injuries after being struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon. The incident happened on 12 June 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

A spokesman for HSE said on 11 February 2016 that:

“HSE 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.”

Under health and safety legislation, employers are required to take reasonable steps to protect workers. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd is the company responsible for producing Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and under health and safety law for managing the risks created during production.

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