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Scottish Organisations Hit by Increases in Enforcement Actions

Businesses such as the Scottish manufacturing and construction businesses accounting for 50% to 40% will be heavily affected by these increases in enforcement actions as part of an inspection initiative aimed at protecting individuals when working at height.

Law firm* analysis on HSE figures relevant to enforcement actions across regions within the UK (*Pinsent Masons) has indicated the following:

  • Increases in 38% of Improvement and Prohibition Notices issued to Scottish organisations in the first half of this year compared to the same period the previous year.  
  • 473 notices issued in Scotland up until May, compared with 411 over the same period last year.
  • Analysis projected there would be 568 enforcement notices issued up to the end of June – amounting to a 38% rise in enforcement notices compared with the first six months of 2011. 
  • Businesses have been alerted to be on guard as the HSE’s cost recovery scheme is only weeks away.
  • HSE prepares to introduce its new charging regime ‘Fee for Intervention’ on 1st  October this year.
  • Under the FFI the HSE will be able to recover the costs of investigations and enforcement measures where an offence has occurred.

Businesses such as the Scottish manufacturing and construction businesses accounting for 50% to 40% will be heavily affected by these increases in enforcement actions as part of an inspection initiative aimed at protecting individuals when working at height.

Key points for organisations to acknowledge:

  • Enforcement notices are issued in response to serious health and safety shortcomings.
  • Any poor standards that have led to the notices being served in the first place.
  • Organisations are to focus their minds on the FFI and ask themselves whether robust measures are in place to prevent any large cost or reputational implications.

For advice please contact David Hills, Associate Director T: 020 7397 1450 or E: enquiries@arkworkplacerisk.co.uk 

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