What insurance covers do contractors need?
Typically your contractor insurance would include a minimum of public liability cover, and can be further tailored to suit your business needs with additional employers' liability insurance, commercial legal protection, tools cover and even personal accident cover. If you are just starting up, then you can build your policy over time to reflect the needs of your business.
Contractor public liability insurance
Contractor public liability insurance covers your duty to clients and members of the public for accidental injury or damage to their property. Cleaning business insurance for example, would cover you under the public liability section of the policy if you accidentally knocked a customer’s vase and it smashed on the floor.
Employers' liability insurance for contractors
If you have staff, then you have a legal obligation to protect them against injuries whilst they are at work. That's why employers' liability insurance can be added to your contractors insurance to protect you should you have to pay compensation for an injury to an employee caused by your business activities.
Contractor tools cover and personal accident cover
Tools cover can be built into your contractor insurance, to include hand held tools or power tools, or if you are using heavier machinery, you can add contract works cover to protect hired in plant, own plant and tools and temporary buildings. Personal accident cover can also be included to protect you as a business owner against accidents at work.