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Harrison Ford accident case highlights hydraulic door safety concerns

23 August 2016

An ongoing court case following the injuries sustained by actor Harrison Ford is raising awareness of the need for correct maintenance and operation of hydraulic doors.

Sentencing was due yesterday, after the company responsible for the door that caused the injury pleaded guilty, but this has now been adjourned until October.

Mr Harrison was hit by the metal-framed door and pinned to the ground during filming of the latest Star Wars film at Pinewood studios.

The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) issued a statement stating that the incident "throws into sharp focus the responsibilities of owners and managers, and all those who specify powered access products and equipment".

Its training officer Nick Perkins said the case is a "warning to everybody involved in the powered access sector" to implement correct safety procedures "wherever there is the risk of people being injured by a moving door, gate or barrier".

"Without these measures in place there is the real risk of accidents leading to death, serious injury and criminal prosecution of those responsible," said Mr Perkins.

He further stated Mr Ford's accident could have resulted in his death.

"Luckily he survived, albeit with serious injuries that included a broken leg," he said.

Fortunately an emergency stop was activated by another person, said Mr Perkins.

The DHF has previously stated that there are 500,000 automated gates in the UK, only 30% of which are estimated to be safe to use.

It also reported earlier this year that six adults and three children have been killed in accidents caused by badly installed and poorly maintained gates and barriers in the UK and Ireland in recent years.


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