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    FEW OBJECT TO CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION CHARGES

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    On 3rd December 2014 the HSE Board is set to receive a report on regulation of the construction industry. The paper includes latest information on how the HSE Fee for Intervention Scheme (FFI) is operating in the sector.

    The report argues that FFI:

    “has now been embedded in the work of CD Inspectors, although complex multi-dutyholder inspections and investigations can still be challenging with respect to determining relative responsibilities and overlapping breaches, and notifying contraventions to dutyholders.

    CD will be working with FOD HQ on revised multi-dutyholder guidance for FFI application.”

    Few queries and disputes and most unsuccessful

    The numbers presented in the report show that queries were raised on only 3% of invoices issued.

    Key numbers reported for 2013/14 in the paper are:

    • Invoices issued – construction inspectors issued 6960 invoices with a total value of £2,545,477;
    • Queries – there were 232 queries the majority of which were in the ‘not the correct dutyholder’ category;
    • Amended invoices – 34.9% of queries resulted in an amended or altered invoice; and
    • Outcome of disputes – of the 5 disputes relating to the construction sector raised 2 resulted in an amended or altered invoice.

     

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