A Disney-owned company has been fined nearly $2 million in relation to a broken leg suffered by Harrison Ford on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
Foodles Production Inc. was fined for breaching safety regulations, after the actor was struck by a hydraulic door that fractured the tibia and fibula in his left leg. It also pinned him to the floor by his pelvis and deeply cut his hand.
Ford stepped underneath the door during a dress rehearsal, believing it to be inactive since it wasn’t used in prior runs of the scene. This time, however, a spotter signalled Ford’s position to an operator who closed the door.
The hydraulic door came down on the 74-year-old actor with the weight of a small car: “Millimetres from his face,” said prosecutor Andrew Marshall. British judge Francis Sheridan levied the fine, stating: “If only they had included Mr. Ford in all the discussions, he might have at least been alert to the dangers that he had to avoid.”
Ford was able to make light of the situation on ITV’s “Jonathan Ross Show”, a few months after his injuries had healed: “In the original film, the door would have been closed with a pulley… Now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a f**king great hydraulic door which closed at light speed.”