A scheme designed to shift the cost of regulating workplace health and safety from the public purse to businesses that break the law should remain in place.
Fee for Intervention, which was launched in October 2012, was found to be effective in an independent report by representatives from the GMB trade union, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Department for Work and Pensions.
There was no evidence to suggest that enforcement policy decisions had been influenced in any way by its introduction.
The report recognised that inspectors at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have implemented Fee for Intervention consistently and fairly, ensuring any challenges raised by the scheme during its first 18 months were kept to a minimum.
Fears that the scheme would be used to generate revenue have proved to be unfounded, while there is no viable alternative available to the relevant authorities that can achieve the same objectives.
Businesses that break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action, under Fee for Intervention, something which predominantly applies to accidents at work.
Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE, says the findings of the report show that acceptance of this principle is growing nationwide.
Claiming for an accident at work
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to a payout.
By law, employers must take responsibility for the health and safety of their employees. If they fail in their duty of care in any way, employees have a legal right to make a claim for work accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can tell you everything you need to know about making a claim against your employer.
You simply need to fill out an accident at work claim form to get the process up and running.
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown