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In short: HSE to prosecute production co over Harrison Ford’s Star Wars leg break

The HSE has announced it will prosecute a film production company over an incident in which Hollywood actor Harrison Ford sustained injuries while filming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens film at Pinewood Studies in London, in May 2014.

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Foodles Production (UK) has been told that it will face charges under  Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act of failing to protect its workers and others, Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations which requires dutyholders to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments, and Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations which requires equipment to be safe to use.

Ford, 73, suffered a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon. He sustained two fractures in his leg and a dislocated ankle and was airlifted to hospital. He was away from the production for two months.

Foodles Production will appear to hear the charges at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on 12 May.


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