Construction Insurance FAQs
Which covers you decide to purchase will depend on a number of factors including your responsibilities, contractual requirements, size and risk appetite. Below we take a closer look at construction insurance and provide some background to assist with selecting the right covers to meet your needs.
A design and build contract, describes a situation where the main contractor is appointed to design and construct the works. As opposed to a traditional construction contract, where the client appoints consultants to undertake the design and then a contractor to build the works.
For example, as the main contractor who employs an architect you can be held vicariously liable for the work undertaken if there is an error with the design. Construction professional indemnity claim examples include:
The below guide identifies different scenarios and the types of construction insurance available to provide financial protection.
|What would happen if…||Construction Insurance:||What the coverage does:|
|There's a fire at your construction site and works you have completed have been destroyed.||
Protects the work in progress on a construction site in the event damage occurs as a result of an insured peril.
An independent contractor falls in a trench and causes a serious head injury.
|Protects the company against legal costs incurred in defending the allegation; and damages from any award or settlement.|
|An employee falls while climbing a ladder and causes a serious back injury.||Protects the company against legal costs incurred in defending the allegation; and damages from any award or settlement.|
|A client requests financial compensation for a design error that has led to a roof collapsing.||
|Protects your company against legal costs incurred in defending the allegation; and damages from any award or settlement.|
|An employee’s tools are stolen when left on a construction site.||Protect against damage to personal tools and effects belonging to an employee.|
|Damage to your equipment, such as an excavator occurs during a construction project.||Protects against damage to own plant and equipment whilst in your custody or control or hired out under a defined agreement.|
|Damage to your equipment you hire-in occurs during a construction project.||Protects your legal liability under the terms of your hiring agreement to pay compensation for damage to hired-in plant whilst in your custody or control.|
|A neighbour requests financial compensation against your principle after damage to their property during the works you have undertaken.||Protects against claims should there be damage to a neighbouring property due to collapse, subsidence, heave, vibration, weakening or removal of support, or lowering of groundwater, which is not the result of negligence.|
An accidental bodily injury, such as a loss of sight occurrs to one of your employees.
|Offers financial support as defined in the policy schedule. Benefits will be payable for death or disablement and related medical expenses.|
Your business was unable to trade as a result of an insured peril.
|Protects against the loss of income from being unable to trade as a result damage from a range of insured perils.|
|A product that your company imports causes injury to a customer and they claim for financial compensation.||Protects the company against legal costs incurred in defending the allegation; and damages from any award or settlement.|
|A director is investigated and prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.||Protects insured persons against legal costs incurred in defending the allegation; and damages from any award or settlement.|
|An employee claims sexual harassment against their supervisor.|
|You discover an employee has been stealing thousands of pounds of materials.||Protects the company against financial loss from the theft of property, money or securities by an employee.|
|A fraudster pretending to be a supplier reports their bank details have changed and payment is sent to the wrong account.||Protects the company against financial loss from the theft of property, money or securities as a result of social engineering.|
|A cyber security breach occurs, and thousands of customer’s details are stolen.||> Cyber Insurance||Protects the company against financial loss arising from security and privacy breaches. Can include first and third-party losses.|
|A van accident occurs with one of your drivers at fault.||Protects from an accident causing damage or injury. Comprehensive cover will provide for damage to your car, van or haulage vehicle.|
As a specialist construction insurance brokers, we have the expertise to identify the most appropriate construction insurance to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss further.
Construction professionals that usually purchase professional indemnity comprise of:
Public liability insurance will only indemnify the contractor against claims arising from injury or property damage to a third party which has resulted from their negligence.
Construction insurance cost will depend on a variety of factors including:
This guide is for information purposes and based on sources which we believe are reliable, the general risk management and insurance information is not intended to be taken as advice with respect to any individual circumstance and cannot be relied upon as such.