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HSE's Fee for Intervention scheme applied 'consistently and fairly'

Construction union Ucatt yesterday welcomed the findings of an independent report which has concluded that the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Fee For Intervention (FFI) scheme is being applied “consistently and fairly.”

The FFI scheme was introduced by the HSE in October 2012. Under the scheme the HSE can now recover costs from employers who are found to be in material breach of safety rules.

The future of the FFI scheme came into doubt this January when the triennial review into the future of the HSE recommended that the scheme be scrapped as stakeholders (employers) believed it had “damaged the relationship between the HSE and the employers.”

Ucatt general secretary  Steve Murphy said: “This report is important as it shows that FFI is being applied fairly. 

“The only people who don’t like it are employers who are being forced to pay for breaking safety laws and putting the lives of workers in danger.”

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