Film company admits to health and safety breach that broke Harrison Ford's leg
Written by Phoenix Health & Safety
27th July 2016
Foodles Production Ltd, which is owned by Walt Disney Co, admitted to two breaches of health and safety law.
The accident occurred on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which became the fastest film to generate one billion dollars.
Ford was hit by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon and was airlifted to hospital from nearby Pinewood Studios.
Ford talked about his broken leg during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, referring to the "f------ great hydraulic door".
He said that in the original film, a door would have been closed with a pulley and a stage hand. "But now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a f------ great hydraulic door which closed at light-speed," he said.
The prosecutor on the case said the door could have killed someone, had the emergency stop button not been hit.
Britain's Health and Safety Executive said the metal-framed door struck Ford with a power comparable to the weight of a small car.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen a health and safety fail like this in the movies, in fact we wrote about some of the biggest blunders here.