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Harrison Ford "could have been killed" on Star Wars set, court hears

The star broke his leg in an incident on set involving a hydraulic door in June 2014.

Film-Blade Runner Sequel Harrison Ford, pictured in January 2016 Source: AP/Press Association Images

HOLLYWOOD STAR HARRISON Ford could have been killed by a hydraulic door on a Star Wars movie set, a court heard today, as the Disney-owned production company admitted to safety breaches.

Ford, then aged 71, suffered a broken left leg on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship after he was pinned down by the heavy, metal-framed door during filming at Pinewood Studios near London.

The court heard that in the incident on 12 June 2014 Ford had been walking backwards through the portal, believing the set was not live and the vertically-sliding door would not close – but it was remotely activated by someone.

The actor had to be airlifted to hospital in Oxford.

“It could have killed somebody. The fact that it didn’t was because an emergency stop was activated,” prosecutor Andrew Marshall told the court in Milton Keynes, a town close to both London and the film studio.

Ford, who was reprising his role as Han Solo in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, spoke about the incident on the BBC’s Jonathan Ross Show last year.

The actor said he had been hit by “a fucking great hydraulic door which closed at light speed”.

Foodles Production, which pleaded guilty to a breach of duty towards employees and a breach over non-employees, will be sentenced on 22 August.

“The safety of our cast and crew was always a top priority throughout our production,” a spokeswoman for the company said.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a government agency, said the power of the rapidly-closing door would have been comparable to the weight of a small car.

A spokesman said that managing on-set risks was “vital to protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as protecting the reputation of the industry”.

© – AFP, 2016

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