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Star Wars: The Force Awakens producers charged over Harrison Ford on-set accident

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British authorities are charging Star Wars: The Force Awakens producers after Harrison Ford broke his leg on set.

Great Britain’s Health and Safety Executive announced that Foodles Production Ltd., the subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. that produced the latest Star Wars sequel, is being charged with four breaches of workplace health and safety laws. The first court hearing will be on May 12.

“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers — this is as true on a film set as a factory floor,” said an HSE spokeman. “We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.”

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Ford broke his leg in June 2014. On the second day of shooting at Pinewood Studios near London, a hyrdaulic metal door in the Millennium Falcon fell and shattered his leg. Ford needed surgery, and the shooting schedule was shifted to allow Ford time to recuperate. “I knew that my leg was likely broken, and I didn’t know what other injuries there were,” Ford told EW later. “I was mostly concerned about the long ambulance ride to London.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on Wednesday that Episode VIII has begun production. The release date was recently pushed back from May to Dec. 15, 2017.