Federal Mogul Bradford has been prosecuted over two health and safety breaches and fined £10,000 after an employee lost the tip of his finger.
Bradford Magistrates Court heard that, on March 10th 2009, 57-year-old Allan Formoy used his finger to free a jam in a machine that is used to feed metal pins on to a grinding line at its premises in the city, when the worker became trapped.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that control measures to safeguard against such incidents were not in place and inspector Morag Irwin said that fitting guards to avoid accidents like this is not expensive or time-consuming.
"This case demonstrates the value in spending the time to do a suitable risk assessment, identify the control measures required and act upon these findings," she said.
Federal Mogul Bradford is part of the global organisation Federal Mogul Corporation, which employs around 41,000 staff in 33 countries.
By Cameron Thomson