Harrison Ford attends the Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in Hollywood, CA on Dec. 14, 2015.
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By Tara John
July 26, 2016

The production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges over an on-set accident that lead to Harrison Ford breaking his leg.

In June 2014, Ford was hit by a hydraulic door on the Pinewood Studios set of the Millennium Falcon. A U.K. government agency, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), that brought the prosecution against the Disney subsidiary Foodles Production (UK) Ltd told the BBC that the door’s drive system compared “to the weight of a small car” and called the incident “foreseeable.”

At Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Andrew Marshall said Ford was pinned to the ground after being hit in the pelvic area, reports the BBC. He said that there was a “risk of death.”

Foodles Production (UK) Ltd will be sentenced on Aug. 22 and two of the four charges against them have been withdrawn. In a statement to the BBC the company said they “accepted it failed to protect actors and staff and HSE welcomes the firm’s guilty plea….the safety of our cast and crew was always a top priority throughout the production.”

[BBC]

 

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