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Contractors set to pay for improvement notices, HSE says

21st December 2010 | Warning Signs, Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

Contractors issued with improvement notices, such as for the lack of on-site health and safety signage, may have to pick up the cost of the penalty themselves, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has suggested.

The HSE is considering a proposal to pass on the cost of issuing improvement notices to contractors as part of a cost-cutting drive at the regulator, Construction Enquirer reported.

Judith Hackitt, the HSE chair, called the idea the "fee for fault" principle.

"We are working on a proposal to charge those who create risks," Hackitt was quoted by Construction Enquirer as saying.

"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."

According to the Construction Index, the HSE is facing a 35 per cent cut to its government funding.


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