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Harrison Ford Lucky He Wasn't Killed on 'Star Wars' Set

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By    |   Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 07:47 AM

Harrison Ford could have been killed when he broke his leg on the set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during filming in 2014, according to a London court document reported on by The Guardian.

Disney-owned Foodles Production pleaded guilty to two health and safety legislation breaches in connection with Ford suffering "severe injuries" when his leg was crushed by a hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon spaceship during the movie's filming at Pinewood Studios in June 2014.

"It could have killed somebody," said Andrew Marshall, prosecutor at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court. "The fact that it didn't was because an emergency stop was activated."

The Aylesbury crown court is expected to sentence Foodles on Aug. 22.

Prosecutors charged that Foodles failed in designing and manufacturing of the hydraulic equipment on the Millennium Falcon set, and then failed to carry out a risk assessment for actors using the equipment, reported the Daily Mail.

Foodles originally faced four breach charges by the Health and Safety Executive, but two of the charges were dropped with the plea, said the Daily Mail.

The Health and Safety Executive is the United Kingdom's version of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, noted The Wrap.

"The British film industry has a world-renowned reputation for making exceptional films," said a Health and Safety Executive statement. "Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff – regardless of their celebrity status – is vital to protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as protecting the reputation of the industry."

Ford, now 74, was eventually able to return to filming the movie that was released in December and became one of the most successful movies of all time, noted The Wrap. The movie made more than $2 billion worldwide, $936 million of that domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.

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