Amicus has teamed up with specialist HSE consultancy Consalium to offer a ‘fees for intervention’ (FFI) solution tailor-made for the construction industry, particularly those working at height.
For those scaffolding companies who attended the Access Industry Training Scheme health and safety conference, the subject of fees for intervention will be only too familiar. A ‘fee for intervention’, or ‘FFE’, is charged by the HSE to cover any time it spends investigating a potential breach, even if it does not result in a prosecution. At £129 per hour, these fees can run into thousands of pounds and are completely outside of a company’s control.
The construction industry is seen as a major source of potential fees and anyone working at height is a natural target. Over £30 million of fees have been collected in the first year and the figure is set to rise. Aside from the monetary amount, having a successful FFI claim against you also puts you higher up the list for a repeat visit, therefore prevention is better than cure.
The less time the HSE spends looking at your business, the cheaper the FFI is going to be. Having the guidance of an expert who knows the way the HSE thinks, what it is looking for and how best to handle the situation will minimise the time the inspector needs to spend with you and, therefore, the cost.
Amicus’s insurance package in partnership with Consalium gives a ‘first response’ cover which provides immediate telephone advice from an HSE-trained consultant to guide you on what to say, what documentation to make available and how to format your response. It will also include on-site representation, if required.
These early decisions can make all the difference, and having someone on side who knows the system and the procedures from the inside will help ensure you get a fair hearing.
Amicus has also negotiated with one of the UK’s most respected insurers to provide an ‘HSE Recovery’ policy which covers the costs of FFI, which are normally excluded from insurance policies.
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