The production company set up by Disney to make ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges over the on-set accident that lead to Harrison Ford breaking his leg.
The court heard that Ford had been pinned to the floor and crushed by a hydraulic door at Pinewood in June 2014 after he believed the heavy prop “was not live”.
Prosecutor Andrew Marshall told Milton Keynes magistrates court there was a “risk of death”, adding: “It could have killed somebody. The fact that it didn’t was because an emergency stop was activated.”
Ford was airlifted to hospital to receive treatment on his left leg. The production was subsequently delayed while the 74-year-old star recovered.
According to the BBC, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd admitted to two of the four criminal charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court earlier today, and will be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 August.
Two other charges were withdrawn.
A spokesperson for the HSE said “This was a foreseeable incident."
"Foodles Production (UK) Ltd has accepted it failed to protect actors and staff and HSE welcomes the firm’s guilty plea.”
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