Harrison Ford's accident on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is coming back to wreak havoc on Foodles Production, a British subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co.
In 2014, Ford suffered a broken leg on the set, after being struck by a hydraulic door aboard his character Han Solo’s famed ship, the Millennium Falcon, causing the actor, who was 71 at the time, to be airlifted from Buckinghamshire to Oxford to undergo surgery for the fracture.
On Thursday, British Health and Safety Executive announced their intent to prosecute Foodles Production on four charges of violating workplace health and safety laws.
“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers. This is as true on a film set as a factory floor,” HSE said in a released statement. “We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.”
A spokesman for Foodles Production told 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.”
As for Ford, he told the Los Angeles Times in a December interview that first filming days are always bumpy, but that returning to the role he first inhabited 40 years ago was a comfortable fit, before adding, “That was the first day. The second day, they closed the [expletive] door on me. Then, not so much. [laughs]”
Filming is underway for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” with Rian Johnson directing and is scheduled for release in December 2017.
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