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Contractors may have to pay for HSE improvement notices, regulator warns

Contractors may have to pay for HSE improvement notices, regulator warns
Contractors, who may be involved in security fencing projects, will have to pay for any improvement notices they are issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following on-site visits, the organisation has proposed.

Construction Enquirer reported that the proposal is part of a cost-cutting drive at the UK regulator. The HSE is facing a 35 per cent cut to its government funding, according to the Construction Index.

HSE chair Judith Hackitt was quoted as saying: "We are working on a proposal to charge those who create risks. A so-called: "fee for fault" principle.

"The idea being that those who are found not to be compliant with the law during an inspection should be charged for the work that HSE does following the issuing of a notice or other requirement for action to rectify the fault."

The HSE said its recommendation is fair and will be welcomed by businesses in the main.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800302027-ADNFCR

Date: 20/12/2010 16:43:00

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