Star Wars: The Force Awakens Producers Plead Guilty Over Breaking Harrison Ford's Leg

2931Foodles Production, the company used by Lucasfilm to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the UK, has pled guilty today on two counts to failing to protect actors and workers.

This followed Harrison Ford suffering a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon, back in 12th June 2014.

The case has now moved from Milton Keynes Magistrates Court to Aylesbury Crown Court for sentencing.

The British Health & Safety issued a statement saying

"During the filming of Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens, the actor Harrison Ford was badly injured after he became trapped under a rapidly closing metal-framed door. The power of the door's drive system was comparable to the weight of a small car.

"This was a foreseeable incident. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd has accepted it failed to protect actors and staff and HSE welcomes the firm's guilty plea.

"Every employer in every industry has a legal duty to manage risks in the workplace. Risks are part and parcel of everyday life, and this is acknowledged by health and safety law – but they still need to be identified and managed in a proportionate way.

"The British film industry has a world renowned reputation for making exceptional films. Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff – regardless of their celebrity status – is vital to protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as protecting the reputation of the industry."

Next up, Harrison Ford is to sue Jabba The Hutt for keeping him in carbonite storage for years and damaging his eyesight.

Thanks to Jedi News for spotting this and passing it on.

 

 

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