Actor, 73, was seriously injured after being hit by a metal hydraulic door in June 2014 while filming scenes on board the Millennium Falcon
A Star Wars production company is to be prosecuted over an injury to Harrison Ford during the filming of box office smash The Force Awakens, the Health and Safety Executive has announced.
Ford, who was reportedly paid more $34m to reprise his role as Han Solo in the revived space opera saga, was hurt by a hydraulic metal door of the Millennium Falcon during an on-set accident in June 2014 at Pinewood Studios near London. The incident saw the 73-year-old sidelined for almost two months, with director JJ Abrams forced to halt production in order for the actor to recover.
The HSE is prosecuting Foodles Production (UK) Ltd over the incident. The BBC reports the firm, which is based at Disneys UK headquarters in Hammersmith, London, was the primary production company behind The Force Awakens.
The national watchdog said it believed there was sufficient evidence to bring four charges relating to alleged health and safety breaches against the firm. A spokesperson said: By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.
Ford, who was airlifted to hospital following the incident, was reportedly left with serious injuries. There is no suggestion that the actor himself is considering action against Disney.
The Force Awakens passed $2bn at the global box office earlier this month and was easily 2015s highest-grossing film. Its sequel, currently titled only Star Wars: Episode VIII, has already begun shooting at Pinewood under the stewardship of director Rian Johnson.