Disney-owned British production company Foodles Production has been fined a whopping £1.6 million ($2 million USD) over the on-set accident during “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” that caused injuries to Harrison Ford reports The Daily Mail.
While rehearsing a scene at Pinewood Studios in mid-2014, Ford’s leg was crushed by the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon, which broke his left leg. The actor was airlifted to hospital and underwent surgery to screw together the fractured tibia and fibula bones in his leg, reset a dislocated ankle, and had plastic surgery on a ‘deep laceration’ to his left hand.
During the hearing, the prosecutor indicated that Ford walked through the door believing the set was not live and the door would not close because it hadn’t done so during previous rehearsals. Said door acted like a ‘blunt guillotine’, coming down ‘millimetres from his face’ at a speed of just 1.6 seconds, as the star passed underneath. He was pinned by the pelvis to the ground as a result by a level of force comparable to the weight of a small car. Had an emergency button not been pressed, it would’ve continued to crush him.
Foodles, which had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking health and safety rules, said in a statement they “deeply regretted (this) unfortunate on-set accident.”