'Star Wars' Producers Fined Nearly $2M for Harrison Ford's On-Set Accident

Foodles Production (U.K.) Ltd. has got a hefty fine for breaching workplace health and safety legislation that led to the 71-year-old actor's on-set accident back in 2014.

AceShowbiz - For breaching workplace health and safety legislation that led to %cHarrison Ford%'s on-set accident back in 2014, Foodles Production (U.K.) Ltd. has got a hefty fine. The Walt Disney-owned production company behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has been ordered to pay a $1.95 million fine, according to the Daily Mail.

On June 12, 2014, Ford was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon, the ship Ford's Han Solo piloted in the first "Star Wars" trilogy, during the filming at the famed Pinewood Studios Buckinghamshire near London. The accident that did not occur during a stunt sequence happened after a hydraulic door fell down and hit him.

Judge Francis Sheridan said on Wednesday, October 12 that the producers failed to alert Ford to the risk assessment. "The greatest failing of all on behalf of the company is a lack of communication, a lack because, if you have a risk assessment and you do not communicate it, what is the point of having one?" he said. "That is the most serious breach here."

"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," he continued. "Had the wrong button been pressed it would have continued to crush down on Mr. Harrison Ford. It's just incredible that so much was left to chance."

Prosecutors argued Ford could have been killed in the accident involving a hydraulic door. Meanwhile, Foodles said in a statement, "The safety of our cast and crew was always a top priority and we deeply regretted this unfortunate on-set accident."

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