HSE to prosecute Star Wars production company

Star Wars to be prosecuted due to Harrison Ford injury

A production company involved in the making of the most recent Star Wars film is to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for the injury that was sustained by Harrison Ford during filming.

The accident happened at Pinewood Studios in London, where Ford sustained an injury from a faulty hydraulic metal door, which resulted in him being air-lifted to hospital in an helicopter. He was out of action for two months with serious injuries, with director JJ Abrams forced to halt filming.

The 73-year-old American actor reprised his role as Hans Solo for The Force Awakens, the latest in the Star Wars franchise, and apparently received a handsome $34m salary for his efforts.

The Health and Safety Executive has announced it will be prosecuting Foodles Production (UK) Ltd for breaching health and safety regulations. The company, which is based in Hammersmith, London, was the main production company behind the The Force Awakens, according to BBC.

A spokesperson for HSE said: “By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers – this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.”

The new Star Wars film was released in cinemas worldwide in December and became the highest-grossing film of 2015, making more than $2bn at box office. The sequel, Episode VIII, is already in production and finds Ford again reprising his famous role. There are no reports to suggest that the actor is suing the production company himself.

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