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‘Star Wars’ Production Company Sued by British Safety Authorities

The British workplace safety authorities announced, Thursday it was prosecuting the production company behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” over four alleged breaches of health and safety laws.

 

The Health and Safety Executive said Foodles Production (UK) Ltd was sued over a 2014 accident that left star Harrison Ford with a broken leg.

 

This suit is in relation to a June 2014 accident at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. Ford, then 71, was seriously injured when a heavy hydraulic door hit him on the set of the Millennium Falcon, his character Han Solo’s spacecraft.

 

“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.”

 

The Company representatives are set to appear May 12 in a court in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to face the four charges.

 

“Foodles was the company responsible for producing the smash hit film and, as such, was responsible under British health and safety law for managing risks involved in the production,” the HSE executive added.

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