A film production company is to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for an incident in which the actor Harrison Ford was injured during filming of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Ford, reprising his role as Han Solo for the seventh film in the Star Wars saga, suffered a broken leg whilst filming at studios outside London on 12 June 2014. The actor required hospital treatment and surgery as a result of the incident. Production was delayed for 8 weeks due to Ford's absence.
A large metal, hydraulically-controlled door had been constructed to serve as the door of the character's ship, the Millennium Falcon. It is alleged the door closed with the actor stood nearby, striking him and causing a fall resulting in the injury.
The HSE have confirmed the company is to be prosecuted in respect of four health and safety offences. The hearing of the case has been adjourned to 9 June 2016 at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court.