In June of 2014 Harrison Ford was hit with the hydraulic metal door from the Millennium Falcon and was air lifted to the hospital where his extensive injuries were handled. The filming was put on hold for 6 months while Ford recuperated.
Foodles Production (UK) Ltd – a subsidiary of Disney was then sued by the The Health And Safety Executive, they are the British agency in charge of safety in the workplace (Think OSHA). The H&SE insists the safety of the actors should be top priority and they do not feel Foodles Production did that in this case. The law suit claims four alleged breaches of health and safety law were committed here.
A spokesperson from Foodles Production said:
“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.”
However in an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show Ford admitted a crew member accidentally push a button which dropped the door onto him.
A representative for Foodles Production will appear in court at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12 May. If convicted they could face a maximum fine on conviction of £20,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both. It is highly unlikely they will face imprisonment and with the $2 billion dollars made from the movie Star Wars: A Force Awakens, I do not see the fine weighing them down.
Foodles should have to pay for their mistakes just like any other boss! What do you think?
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