Tata Steel has been fined almost £2 million after two workers suffered serious hand injuries in separate machinery accidents at its Corby plant.
A 26-year-old employee lost two thirds of his left hand and his middle and ring fingers whilst trying to clear a blockage on a steel tube manufacturing line, and in a separate incident, a 52-year-old team leader lost part of his little finger when his left hand was caught whilst he was receiving refresher training, Northampton Crown Court heard.
Following the incidents on September 12, 2014 and February 19, 2015, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was a failure to appropriately guard and manage the risks arising from dangerous parts of these items of machinery.
Tata UK Limited, of Millbank, London, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The construction firm was fined £1.98million and ordered to pay costs of £22,500.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Mark Austin said: “Guarding of dangerous parts of machinery is a fundamental of ensuring workers safety, HSE will not hesitate to hold those accountable who do not fulfil their legal obligations, especially if that results in someone receiving life changing injuries.”
A spokesperson for Tata Steel told Builder & Engineer: “The health and safety of our employees and contractors is our most important priority.
"Tata Steel constantly places a great deal of emphasis on creating a strong and ever improving safety culture in the organisation – and in improving our processes and procedures. We want to ensure everyone working on our sites is safe.”