Contractors typically require several types of insurance to protect themselves, their clients, and their businesses. The specific contractor insurance needs can vary based on the nature of the work, the size of the projects, and the contractual requirements.

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Contractor Insurance Explained

Understanding the diverse range of insurance types that contractors require is pivotal. Contractor insurance serves as a safety net against unexpected events, providing financial security and peace of mind.

Safeguarding Contractors: Key Insurance Policies Required in the UK


Public Liability Insurance

Public liability insurance acts as a shield, guarding you against claims of injury or property damage caused by your work. This insurance covers the contractor in case a third party (like a client or a member of the public) suffers injury or property damage as a result of the contractor’s work. It can help cover legal costs and compensation claims.


Employers’ Liability Insurance

If you employ any staff, including temporary workers or subcontractors, this insurance is legally required. It covers claims from employees who suffer illness, injury, or death due to their work.


Professional Indemnity Protection

Particularly important for contractors providing professional services or advice, this insurance protects against claims of negligence, errors, or omissions that result in financial loss to a client.


Securing Your Projects with Contract Works Insurance

This insurance can cover damage or loss to the building or project under construction, including materials, tools, and equipment. It can also cover damage caused by fire, theft, vandalism, or natural disasters.


Tools and Equipment Coverage

Your tools and equipment are your livelihood. This insurance covers loss or damage to those tools, machinery, and equipment used in the course of the contractor’s work. It can include protection against theft and other risks. You can also extend to cover Hired in Plant.


Personal Accident and Income Protection

This insurance provides coverage for the contractor if they suffer a serious injury or accident that prevents them from working, resulting in a loss of income. Similar to personal accident insurance, Income Protection insurance provides a regular income in case the contractor is unable to work due to illness or injury.


Legal Expenses

This type of insurance covers legal costs associated with disputes, contract disputes, Tax and VAT, Property disputes or other legal issues that may arise in the course of the contractor’s work.

It’s important for contractors to assess their specific needs and risks in order to determine the right insurance coverage for their business. Each contractors requirements are different and may also change through the course of the year depending on what works and tenders are awarded.  With this in mind it is important to seek advice of a broker who can run through your requirements, advise on cover and source the best cover from the market on your behalf.