What is Builders Liability Insurance and Why You Need it?

Builders and contractors working on construction sites follow safety norms and standards to avoid workplace accidents, injuries, and damages. Yet accidents may occur in spite of all precautions. Builders Liability Insurance provides coverage to builders and contractors as well as from third party claims resulting due to various types of risks in the form of accidents, thefts, damages, and injuries. Builders Liability Insurance covers a spectrum of construction related insurance packages like Public Liability Insurance, Employers Liability Insurance, Contractors All Risk Insurance etc.

Builders Liability Insurance Covers:
The builder liability insurance is beneficial for various trades across construction industry.

Public Liability Insurance
Public liability insurance provides protection from any third party claims made against the businesses. It covers claims when employees, sub-contractors, directors, owners are held accountable for any injury or damage caused to the third party or their properties. Public liability insurance also covers legal costs that have to be incurred for defending the claims. It also covers claims made for defective products. The amount of premium will vary based on different factors like type of business, previous claims, projected turnover, and number of employees. This type of Insurance is useful for tradesman, builders, and contractors.

Employers Liability Insurance
Employers liability insurance provides coverage to employers when any of the employee or workers suffers physical injury or death while on work and it is proved that the injury or death occurred due to employer’s negligence. It covers the employers against all the claims made by injured employee or relatives of deceased employee for compensation. Employers liability insurance also covers the associated legal costs. This insurance is suitable for companies having employees or workers. The employers liability insurance is issued along with public liability insurance.

Contractors All Risks Insurance
Contractors all risks insurance covers loss or damage to contract works, own plant, hired-in plant, and employee’s tools. The contract works section of this insurance is the main part which provides coverage for only the property on which the work is going on. This insurance will cover loss or damage to contract works or materials when any of the work going on is damaged. It will also cover loss or damage caused to the plant of owner including his machinery, tools, and equipments. Contractors all risk insurance also provides cover for theft, loss, or damage to machinery, equipments, tools which are hired in plants from outside like hire yards. Some insurers also extend this insurance to cover loss or damage to owner or employee’s hand held or power tools. This insurance is useful for contractors, builders, and other trades in the construction industry.

Personal Insurance
Personal Insurance or Personal Accident Insurance is suitable for owners, Directors, sole Traders who in case get injured in an accident and can not work for a certain period of time. In such case they also can not sue their own company. It provides for a 24 hour cover which is not limited to work related accidents. This insurance provides an income during the entire course of period for which insured is unable to work. Personal accident insurance provides three distinct benefits in the form of monthly tax free income, hospital cash, and lump sum (capital benefits). A monthly tax free income means the insured gets a tax free benefit after one month and continues to receive it for entire recovery period. While, hospital cash means the insured gets some amount as expenses towards his stay in hospital. A lump sum means the insured gets certain amount depending on nature of injury. The personal accident insurance relieves the insured from financial worries when he has to rest and recover. This insurance is popular in construction industry.

Machinery Insurance
Machinery Insurance provides protection against any type of loss or damage to most of machineries and equipments used in the construction industry like cranes, earth moving equipments etc. This insurance is especially useful for construction industry where a lot of machinery is used and is exposed to rough field conditions on routine basis.

As there are chances of accidents, thefts, injuries, and damages during construction work, the Builders Liability Insurance provides a much needed protection from claims which can be detrimental to construction businesses. It is also useful to cover third party claims for damages caused to other’s property.

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