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Disney subsidiary to be prosecuted over worker injury

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Star Wars makers in court over broken leg

The production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive HSE over an incident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

The actor was struck by a hydraulic metal door on the Pinewood set of the Millennium Falcon in June 2014, reports the BBC.

The Millenium Falcon on set at Pinewood studios: Credit Post-Movie.net

 

The HSE has brought four criminal charges against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd - a subsidiary of Disney.

Following the incident, Ford was airlifted to hospital for surgery.

Following an investigation, the HSE said it believed there was sufficient evidence about the incident which left Ford with serious injuries, to bring four charges relating to alleged health and safety breaches.

A spokesperson told the BBC: "By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers - this is as true on a film set as a factory floor."

Representatives of the production company will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12 May.

A spokesman for Foodles Production 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."

 

 

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