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A British government agency has filed criminal charges against the producers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” related to the 2014 on-set accident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.
The Health and Safety Executive announced Thursday it intends to prosecute Disney subsidiary Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. on four alleged violations of workplace health and safety laws.
“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers – this is as true on a film set as a factory floor,” an agency spokesman said in a statement. “We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.”
Ford, then 71, suffered a broken leg in June 2014 when we was struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon at Pinewood Studios. Although production initially continued while the franchise veteran recuperated, filming was ultimately shut down for a couple of weeks. Director J.J. Abrams revealed more than a year later that he broke his back while attempting to lift the door off of Ford.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, because Foodles was the actual U.K. producer of “The Force Awakens,” it’s responsible for “managing the risks created during production.”
The first court hearing is scheduled for May.