The building profession is a diverse field. Construction workers are employed in a variety of commercial and residential settings and use an array of different tools and materials. As a result, each site presents unique risks for personal injury or property damage. Construction insurance is necessary to protect contractors, subcontractors, and property owners from litigation resulting from an injury or property damage connected with the building process.
However, purchasing construction insurance is not just a wise business investment. Policies may be required when providing services to the federal, state, or local government. Many private entities will require coverage as well. Your employees, clients, and the public all benefit from comprehensive coverage in the event that something does not go as planned. Potential clients also look for these protections as a sign of professionalism when hiring a contractor.
Construction insurance works by protecting the contractor and any injured parties in the event of property damage or injury at the job site. This type of policy is referred to as commercial general liability insurance. Parties protected generally include the party agreeing to the services and members of the public directly affected by the work.
The insurance company will pay for any accidental injuries or property damage so that the business owner does not have to pay from his own pocket. Legal counsel will also be provided in the event your business is sued as a result of an accident. Negligent behavior and deliberate omissions or errors are not covered by these policies. Typically, the policies are effective during the time the contracted work is ongoing. However, issues may arise long after the completion of the building. These problems can often be addressed when creating the agreement by adjusting some of the language.
A builder’s risk policy indemnifies against damage to the building while under construction. It protects against damage to fixtures, materials, and equipment used in the building or renovation process that may be caused by fire, wind, theft, or vandalism. Cars and trucks used in connection with the work and driven by employees may need coverage as well. Design professionals like architects, or others engaged in designing any aspect of the project should have professional liability coverage.
Workers compensation is another type of coverage that may be required in your state. These policies protect workers injured or who become ill on the job site by paying medical bills and disability claims. Finally, a bid bond may be required under some circumstances. This is a proof of guarantee to the project owner that a contractor can perform the work required and is a promise that the owner will be compensated.
Consult with an agency experienced in serving contractors, subcontractors, and property owners if your project requires construction insurance. An experienced agent can help identify risks and potential losses in order to determine what plans will cover your needs.