Northampton Crown Court heard how a 26-year-old employee lost the middle and ring fingers on his left hand while trying to clear a blockage on machinery at the company’s site in Corby, Northamptonshire, in September 2014. In a separate incident in February 2015, a 52-year-old lost part of his little finger when his hand was caught in a lathe at the same site.

In both cases inadequate guarding was discovered along with a failure to manage the risks arising from the separate machines.

Tata UK Limited pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching Section 2(1) of the HSWA 1974 and was fined a total of £1.98m (£185,000 for the first offence and £1.8m for the second offence). They were ordered to pay costs of £22,500.