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'Star Wars' producer fined USD 1.95 M for Harrison Ford injury

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Production company bosses behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have been fined USD 1.95 million for the mishap that led to Harrison breaking his leg on set.

The 74-year-old actor was seriously injured in June, 2014 at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, when his leg became trapped in the door of his character Han Solo's Millennium Falcon spaceship.

was airlifted to a nearby hospital for surgery and spent months recovering from the injury before he returned to complete his scenes as Solo, reported Deadline.

Executives at Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. Pleaded guilty earlier this year to two charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

In court, lawmakers were told the actor could have been killed when the hydraulic metal door hit with a force comparable to the weight of a small car.

Judge Francis Sheridan ruled production executives failed to communicate the risk to Ford, stating, "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? That is the most serious breach here.

"If only they had included Mr in all the discussions, he might have at least been alert to the dangers that he had to avoid.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 13:07 IST