Employers are being warned that they face injury compensation claims and fines if they fail to take steps to prevent access to dangerous machinery.
The warning follows the prosecution of the Amtico Company in Coventry after a work injury caused an employee lost a finger.
He was working on a calendar machine when his glove became caught between two high-speed rollers, severing the finger and causing crushing and burn injuries to his other fingers and forearm.
It is the third time the Amtico Company has been prosecuted for an offence of this nature.
Jenny Skeldon, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, said the employee was lucky not to suffer even worse injuries.
"HSE publishes Approved Codes of Practice, guidance and information leaflets with practical advice on machinery guarding – so there is no excuse for duty holders who don’t control risks and protect their employees," she added.
It follows news that Staffordshire-based company JBM International has been fined GBP 5,000 after a worker’s hand was severely damaged by rotating blades in a metal recycling machine.