Who needs Electrical Contractors Insurance
Any business involved with contracting needs insurance for their business whether a sole trader who just keeps to basic electrician services, sockets, additional lighting right through to the large specialist commercial contracting business working with circuit and cabling contracts in new or refurbished premises whose contracts are large and complex.
Electrical Contractors Insurance Policies usually have additional protections and extensions built-in as standard, these types of policies have been designed with your business in mind, all of which can be bespoke to your business requirements.
Liability Insurance may be suitable for many specialist areas of this industry sector, technology has moved on and electrical contractors and electricians need to have a wide skill base to deal with today’s ever-advancing technologies.
What are Public Liability Indemnity Limits?
When you take out Public Liability Insurance for your electrical contracting business you will need to set what’s called an indemnity limit. This is the maximum amount an insurer will pay in the event of a claim against you. Different limits are available, usually starting at £2million and rising from there, £5million, £10million and upwards.
There are situations where a minimum amount is required, this may be specified by the main contractor for instance, so that is usually an easy choice for you to make. Insurance for businesses in the electrical contracting sector shouldn’t be based on premium, you need to carefully assess your needs, just working on single domestic homes you might consider that £2million is sufficient, large or complex commercial properties or higher risk locations you might consider you need more cover.
Speak to us about your requirements, we can go through your various needs with you and assist you in your decision process.
Are there other liability insurance covers available for an electrical contractor?
Depending on your area of specialism there could be various types of insurance covers that might be required.
Right from the planning stage, there is the risk of error even with the best minds on the job, Electrical Contractors Professional Indemnity Insurance not only covers you at the design stage but can protect you against errors throughout the installation stage too.
Sometimes even with the best plans, systems or installations can fail to work as they are intended, this might be through bad design or a badly placed piece of equipment, Efficacy Insurance covers usually (or should) come as standard on an electricians insurance policy, an essential cover that every electrician or electrical business should have. This provides cover where it is alleged that the work that has been done fails to perform its intended function, a bad placement of a security detector installed by an alarm technician obscured by a vehicle could be a typical example.
Does an electrical contractor or electrician need insurance by law?
That really does depend. If you have anyone working for you, even if on a casual basis, you will need Employers Liability insurance. Employers Liability is likely to be a condition of your contract with either the main contractor or the customer, too.
If you have a van or a fleet of vans then the other compulsory insurance is insurance to cover the vehicle for use on the road.
For most businesses these are the two compulsory insurance requirements, outside this insurance is not a legal requirement to have, however, the financial consequences are considerable.
What other insurance might an electrical contracting business need
Hand Tools Insurance – Essential and potentially expensive items, electricians hand tools can comprise of many different items, electric handheld tools, and specialist equipment can mean they are a target, not only whilst in a vehicle but on-site to.
Contract Works Insurance – sometimes this type of insurance cover may be a condition of your contract to ensure that the works that you are doing are fully covered by you or your company. This might include cover for damage to works that you have already done as well as materials yet to be installed such as cables, lighting, and other electrical hardware. A contractor’s all risks insurance or contractor’s combined policy can cover many items including plant and equipment that you have hired in.
Own Plant & Equipment Cover – over the years you may have built up quite a collection of plant and equipment that are essential to your business activities. These items can be insured not only on-site but when at your business premises if you have them or in transit to and from sites.
Hired in Plant – Often you might need access equipment, for example, installing high-level lighting or cabling systems, if you don’t use specialist tools and machinery all the time then hiring in plant such as cherry pickers, scissor lifts or specialist hand tools such as disk grinders is the most cost-effective way to go. In many instances, you are responsible for the plant if anything was to happen to it, so it’s prudent to ensure this is covered either by purchasing the hirer’s insurance cover if that option is available to you or, you can take out a separate annual hire insurance policy – speak to us about the best type of hired in plant policy to suit your needs.
Business Legal Expenses Insurance – Any business can be exposed to all manner of legal issues, these might be disputes with suppliers or customers contracts, property issues, employee problems as well as HMRC disputes. They can provide legal helplines as well as a vast array of legal documents for you to use in your business.
Personal Accident Insurance – Whether you are a single contractor who is dependent on being able to work or a large electrical contracting business insurance for your employees can mean you can continue to pay them if they are not working due to injury or accident.