The Health & Safety Executive has announced that A Star Wars Production Company is to be prosecuted for Health & Safety breaches over an injury to the 73 year old actor Harrison Ford during the filming of The Forces Awakens.
The actor was struck by a hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon in June, 2014 and was airlifted to hospital for surgery with serious injuries. The incident saw the 73 year old side-lined for almost two months, with the Director forced to halt production in order for him to recover.
A spokesman for the HSE said;
“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.”
It is believed that the HSE has evidence to bring four charges relating to alleged Health & Safety breaches against the firm.
The London based Production Company is said to be disappointed with the HSE’s decision to prosecute as the safety of all of their cast and crew is always a top priority for them.
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