'Star Wars' producers charged over on-set accident

Updated on : Feb 12,2016   6:04 pm

London, Feb 12 (IANS) Britain's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced that they are prosecuting Foodles Production (UK) Ltd., Walt Disney's subsidiary, responsible for the filming of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in the country, for violating workplace health and safety laws.

The producers are charged over an on-set mishap that seriously injured actor Harrison Ford, reports aceshowbiz.com.

The 73-year-old actor was left with a broken leg after he was struck by a hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon during the filming at the famed Pinewood Studios Buckinghamshire.

"By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers - this is as true on a film set as a factory floor," the HSE said in a statement.

"We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court," the statement further read.

Foodles Production responded: "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."

The company is facing four charges. Their representatives are expected to appear in court for the first hearing on May 12 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.