Com­pany guilty in ac­ci­dent that broke leg of Har­ri­son Ford

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

A film pro­duc­tion com­pany on Tues­day ad­mit­ted health and safety breaches over an ac­ci­dent on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens” that broke the leg of star Har­ri­son Ford. The ac­tor was struck by a hy­draulic door on the set of the Mil­len­nium Fal­con — his char­ac­ter Han Solo’s space­ship — at Pinewood Stu­dios near Lon­don in June 2014. He was air­lifted to a hos­pi­tal for surgery. Dur­ing a hear­ing at Mil­ton Keynes Mag­is­trates’ Court in Bri­tain, pros­e­cu­tor An­drew Mar­shall said the door “could have killed some­body” had an 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. The com­pany will be sentenced next month. Pro­duc­tion on the film was sus­pended for two weeks af­ter the ac­ci­dent to Ford, who was 71 at the time.

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