Employers are being reminded to avoid injury compensation claims by providing safeguards to prevent access to dangerous machinery.
The warning follows an incident in which a 26-year-old worker was using a machine to create a small bracket for an automotive robot jig when his glove became caught in the unguarded cutter, forcing his fingers to bend until they snapped.
County Durham-based firm ThysennKrupp Tallent was fined GBP 14,000 and ordered to pay costs of GBP 3,776.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Andrew Bowker described the guarding standards at the company as "poor", adding that the injury could have been far more severe.
"Milling machines and heavy duty drills can cause serious injury and the company should have done much better in providing appropriate risk control," he commented.
The incident follows a similar case in which an employee at a West Midlands firm lost a finger after his glove became trapped between two high-speed rollers.