An English court has heard the case that Harrison Ford could have been killed when he was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship while filming the most recent Star Wars film.
The company responsible, Foodles Production who is owned by Disney, pleaded guilty to two breaches under health and safety legislation. The 71-year-old actor sustained severe injuries from the accident, including a broken left leg, after he walked on to the set not believing it to be live.
The court heard how the hydraulic spaceship door was operated by another person and that as Ford passed beneath it, he was hit hard in the pelvis and pinned to the floor. Ford was then airlifted to hospital in Oxford. The prosecuting attorney said the breaches has caused a “risk of death” and that if the emergency stop had not been pressed in time, it could have been a very different outcome for Ford. “It could have killed somebody. The fact that it didn’t was because an emergency stop was activated.” A health and safety executive testified the weight of the Millennium Falcon door as comparable to that of a small car.
Foodles pleaded guilty to one count under section two of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which related to a breach of duty in relation to employees, and a second under section three, a breach over people not employed by the company.
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