Saturday, 20 February 2016

Legal case brought against Star Wars company for Harrison Ford's injury

Just when they thought The First Order was the most threatening thing to strike back since the Empire, the production company behind the latest Star Wars entry have been hit with criminal charges from the Health and Safety Executive over Harrison Ford's leg injury during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The company in question is Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, a legal subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures and formed to handle legal and financial issues such as this. The Health and Safety Executive has brought four criminal charges relating to the incident in June 2014 when a hydraulic metal door on the Millennium Falcon set in Pinewood Studios fell on Ford's leg and broke it. He was airlifted to hospital for surgery and made a full recovery, but the Health and Safety Executive sees the production company as liable for not maintaining proper level of protection for workers on the set.

Representatives of Foodles Production (UK) Ltd have been summoned to appear at the High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12 May. A Foodles representative released a statement on the matter via the BBC: "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."

But there are arguably bigger issues at heart here. Sure, the health and safety team picked up on this, but what about the handrails at the side of walkways on Starkiller Base?

Pinewood Studios remains home to the Star Wars team, and Episode VIII has now kicked off shooting at the studio.

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