When an actor is told to break a leg, rarely is that meant literally. However, while on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford had to be airlifted to a hospital after being struck by a hydraulic metal door.
In June 2014, Ford was on the Pinewood set of the Millennium Falcon when the incident happened. Now the Health And Safety Executive board has thumped four criminal charges against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd., the production company behind Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, and a Disney subsidiary.
A spokesperson 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."
Foodles Production, who are reportedly 'disappointed' with HSE's decision, will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on May 12 to face their charges.
The production company has released the following statement:
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.
Updates to follow.