Investigations to be cut

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Investigations to be cut

A report in The Guardian, indicates that the number of health and safety inspections is to be cut by a third whilst only high risk sites will be automatically inspected. 

Further, it's mooted that there will be a charge introduced to cover the cost of investigations, following a complaint or incident, where fault is found and employees or the public are endangered.

The changes are being proposed as a way of coping with a cut in the HSE's budget by 35 per cent.

However, businesses should note that just because investigations might be less likely, it doesn't mean that they can ignore health and safety law. Any infractions will still be prosecuted and could be very expensive.

This was first published in May 2011

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