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FEE FOR INTERVENTION CONSTRUCTION INVOICES RISE

HSE takings exceed £1 million as construction projects take the brunt

Law firm DWF has published the results of a freedom of information request regarding invoices issued by HSE under the Fee for Intervention cost recovery scheme. The results show that the third batch of invoices (Feb-Mar 2103) has exceeded £1m for the first time.

The information is reported to indicate a £232,000 increase on the totals collected (cf previous period) with invoices yielding some £1,089,000 in receipts. Invoice numbers also increased by 41 per cent to 2,541 although the average charge of £428 represents a slight decrease from £474 in the previous batch of invoices.

The construction sector saw the largest increase in invoices (68 per cent) followed by manufacturing at 28 per cent. HSE conducted a month long construction site safety initiative during this period. Also for the first time, the invoices contain two instances of time recorded for third party specialists.

Steffan Groch, head of regulatory at DWF, said:

“It is not surprising that the total has hit the £1m mark as the period included the HSE annual construction site blitz which resulted in one fifth of all sites visited receiving some form of enforcement action.

Interestingly, the number of proactive inspections remained largely the same at 3,077, compared with the previous bi-month total of 3,062. On the face of it, it appears as though we are looking at a more efficient conversion rate, 82 per cent of proactive inspections resulted in chargeable time versus 59 per cent on the previous run.

Does that show businesses are less compliant or that inspectors are more keen to recover costs for their time. However, what we need to consider are the legacy cases from the first two runs that are not concluded and have had more time added to them as the HSE’s intervention continues.”

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