Firm guilty of safety lapse that broke Ford's leg

PINNED: Ford was playing Han Solo on the set of the Star Wars movie when he was trapped under a closing door.


    Jul 28, 2016

    Firm guilty of safety lapse that broke Ford's leg


    A PRODUCTION company involved in making Star Wars: The Force Awakens has pleaded guilty in a British court to failing to protect actors and workers after an incident in which Harrison Ford's leg was broken, officials said on Tuesday.

    The star, who plays the much-loved character Han Solo, was injured after he became trapped under a rapidly closing metal-framed door during filming in June 2014 at Pinewood Studios, near London.

    The power of the door's drive system was comparable to the weight of a small car, said Britain's Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a state agency which enforces workplace safety regulations.

    "This was a foreseeable incident," a spokesman for HSE said.

    "Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff - regardless of their celebrity status - is vital to protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as protecting the reputation of the industry," he added.

    The production firm, London-based Foodles Production, could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Ford, who was 71 at the time, was airlifted to a hospital in Oxford after the incident and later had surgery on his left leg.