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Star Wars Production Company Fined Almost $2 Million For Harrison Ford's Injury ( 81

New submitter Shimbo writes: Foodles Production (UK) Ltd was fined 1.6 million British pounds (almost $2 million) at Aylesbury Crown Court today after pleading guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act at an earlier hearing. Judge Francis Sheridan said, "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?" The fine is a result of an unfortunate incident while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Harrison Ford was reportedly knocked to the ground and crushed beneath a heavy hydraulic door when he walked on to the set of the Millennium Falcon -- not believing it to be live. The 71-year-old actor suffered a broken left leg. Prosecutor Andrew Marshall said, according to Britain's Press Association, the door acted like a "blunt guillotine," coming down "millimeters from his face." The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that Ford was hit with a force similar to the weight of a small car.
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Star Wars Production Company Fined Almost $2 Million For Harrison Ford's Injury

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    A British film production company has been fined £1.6 million (almost $2 million) ...

  • Why not styrofoam? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Wednesday October 12, 2016 @06:39PM (#53065579)

    I am a bit curious on why they didn't use styrofoam for the automatic doors. When they are molded and painted it is tough to tell the difference. However if they close on someone. The injures would be much less.
    The cost of fixing a styrofoam door would be less than the cost of breaking a stars leg.

    • by Solandri ( 704621 ) on Wednesday October 12, 2016 @07:28PM (#53065883)
      The one that lowers to form a ramp to enter the ship. Can't have actors walking on a styrofoam ramp. TFA says in the 1977 movie, the door/ramp was lowered by hand using pulleys. Guess someone decided the new movies deserved a fancy mechanized door. Except since this is for a movie and not "real" use, it was designed and built by prop makers who never really gave much thought to safety since the very low frequency of use of their props meant accidents were exceedingly rare.
  • Small car (Score:4, Funny)

    by hcs_$reboot ( 1536101 ) on Wednesday October 12, 2016 @06:40PM (#53065587)

    Ford was hit with a force similar to the weight of a small car

    The force was not with him, that day.

  • Sound like a legendary way to leave.
  • I'm picturing a huge door slamming down right next to his head as the article describes. But then I try to figure out how his leg broke... Where was his leg such that it was broken when the door came down near his head?

  • I guess that means Han Solo isn't dead.
  • His hat (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 12, 2016 @07:06PM (#53065757)

    He was actually completely clear of the door, but reached back to grab his hat

  • £1.6 million. About 260 times the usual UK settlement for a broken leg at work.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      This was a fine, not a settlement.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 13, 2016 @12:46AM (#53067387)

      the fine is proportional to the company who it is levied against.

      and it's not a settlement or reimbursement to Ford, rather it's a fine for breaking safety regulations. like, in the uk it is not up to you or your employees if you adhere to safety regs, it's the law. undoubtedly it is that way because long time ago industrial scrooges exploited the workers safeties based on "if they don't want to work they don't have to".

    • That's a new one to make money: take an old-fashioned actor ; make him deliberately injure himself ; sue ; profit.
  • Are you sure this story isn't about Harris Ford []?
  • Found On Ramp Dead?
    Fix Or Repair Door?
    Force Of Ramp Door? .......I slay me.

  • by jxander ( 2605655 ) on Wednesday October 12, 2016 @08:16PM (#53066173)
    May the force be equal to mass times acceleration.
  • I guess the hit damage are more related to energy than force.
  • Han shouted first. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Snufu ( 1049644 ) on Thursday October 13, 2016 @01:11AM (#53067457)

    But later versions were edited to show the door shout first.

  • Ford is more or less a real life "Final Destination" character. Between the door and the number of air plane accidents he should have died years ago. That last air plane accident did a real number on him. He couldn't talk for a week. If anything the real hero is his PR guy which made the media think he walked away from the last crash.

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