Merchants face HSE bills at 133 an hour
Published:  27 July, 2011

UK: Merchants that contravene health and safety laws could have to pay 133 an hour for HSE inspectors investigating their offences under government plans to recover the cost of administration.

The Health and Safety Executive has launched a consultation on plans to recover costs of improvement and prohibition notices to recover 43.6m annually across all industries.

The cost recovery plan could be introduced as early as next April.

Gordon MacDonald, HSE's programme director, said: "The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right - and not the public purse.

"These proposals provide a further incentive for people to operate within the law, levelling the playing field between those who comply and those who don't. Compliant firms will not pay a penny in intervention fees."

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