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£124-an-hour fees for HSE visits start on 1st October 2012

The Fee for Intervention scheme will see the Health and Safety Executive recover costs from companies caught breaking the law.

It starts today with an hourly charge of £124 for HSE inspectors time investigating and taking enforcement action.

The scale of the charges has outraged a number of contractors.

Gordon MacDonald, HSE's programme director, said: "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.

"Firms who manage workplace risks properly will not pay."

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