Cover for Factory property, buildings, machinery, stock, contents, manufactured goods, supply chain risks, employees and workers and all liabilities.
There are many types of commercial insurance that offer valuable protection to a business whose activities involve manufacturing of industrial products and fabrication processes in a factory, plant or engineering workshop environment. The complete range of covers offered are available under what is known as a commercial combined policy designed specifically for factory property owners and manufacturers.
Please read the following to ensure that you can correctly identify the areas which apply to your factory business activities and are important to the protection of your business.
Risks to Factory Manufactured / Distributed Products
One of the areas which is particularly important to Manufacturing Businesses is the end product produced and the intended use of that product.(see Products Liability Section)
Particular care should also be taken when considering the processes undertaken, for example if you are a manufacturer who has a factory with a lot of machines that make a lot of noise, this may have an adverse impact on employees and also cause a nuisance to local residents. Similarly your responsibility to store hazardous raw materials. (see Employers Liability and Public Liability Sections)
Loss of Profit Risks and Loss of Trade Risks
Carefully consider the impact of an interruption of your business due to an Insured Risk (see sections below) not only at your own premises but also at those of key customers and suppliers who are important to the smooth operation of your business. Also, failure of public utilities ie water, electricity, gas could have a negative effect on your ability to trade and damge your profits. Make sure the appropriate cover is in place.
FACTORY INSURANCE COVERS AVAILABLE
FACTORY PROPERTY INSURANCE
Buildings and contents of factories can be insured against all perils including fire, lightning, explosion of gas and boilers used for domestic purposes,and also “special perils” such as explosion, riot, malicious damage, storm, flood, impact by aircraft, road and rail vehicles, escape of water from tanks or pipes and sprinkler leakage.
“All risks” insurance gives wider cover including any accidental damage or loss not specifically excluded. However “all risks” will not cover wear and tear, electrical or mechanical breakdown and gradual deterioration which will be specifically stated in the policy document.
How Much Should I Insure My Factory For ?
FACTORY BUILDINGS AND CONTENTS
Buildings – the business premises should be insured for their full rebuilding cost (including professional fees and the cost of site clearance) and not just for their market value. You may need expert advice to calculate the rebuilding cost, which often differs significantly from market value.
Contents – your stock should be insured for its cost price without any addition for
profit. Provision can be made for seasonal stock and production fluctuations. Manufacturing equipment such as machinery, plant and business equipment can be insured on either a “replacement as new” or an “indemnity” basis. If indemnity is chosen, wear and tear will be taken into account when settling any claims.
BUSINESS INTERRUPTION FOR FACTORIES
Damage to your factory property or machinery, or loss of stock that are either part of raw materials or output from production, could seriously disrupt your business leading to loss of income and extra expenses.
You must also consider how similar loss or damage at the premises of your suppliers or customers may impact your own business and consider taking out cover for such eventualities. Business interruption insurance will compensate for the short-fall in gross profit together with paying any increased working costs and extra accountants fees incurred.
When arranging this insurance you will need to estimate the maximum time needed to get your business working normally following the most serious damage. The Factory underwriters or Insurers will ask for an estimate of your anticipated gross profit. This should be sufficient to avoid unerinsurance penalties if a claim is made. If an auditor later certifies an actual figure materially lower than this estimate, a return of premium is normally given.
ENGINEERING COVER FOR FACTORIES
Engineering insurance provides cover against electrical or mechanical breakdown for most machinery, including computers found in your factory. By law, many items of plant such as boilers, lifts and lifting machinery must be inspected regularly by a qualified person. Our Insurers can arrange to provide this service.
THEFT FROM FACTORY PREMISES
Contents are usually covered against theft providing there has been forcible and violent entry to or exit from the premises. Damage to the factory building resulting from theft or attempted theft will also normally be covered. Theft by employees is usually not covered – cover against employee dishonesty can be arranged by what is known as a fidelity guarantee policy.
MONEY ON FACTORY PREMISES
Money insurance is on an “all risks” basis and covers cash, cheques, postage stamps and certain other negotiable documents.
Different limits will apply to money on the premises in and out of business hours, in safes, at the homes of directors or employees and in transit. There may be requirements in the policy relating to safe keys and the method of transit.
Personal assault cover may be included, which will provide compensation for you or your employees following injury during theft or attempted theft of money. Fidelity Insurance covers your business for fraud or dishonesty by employees;it can be taken out for specific employees handling cash or for the whole staff.
This provides your factory with cover and protection against claims for which you would be legally liable for and brought to you by anyone (other than your employees) or bodily injury or loss or damage to public property, arising in the course of your business.
This protects you against legal liability you may incur as a result of a product that you manufacture or supply is faulty or defective and causes loss or injury to a person or a business. E.g. manufacture of an article not finished properly leaving sharp edge which causes injury to a purchaser.
This is legally required if you have employees in your factory(including Directors in a Ltd Company).
The Insurance is to protect employers against claims for bodily harm or death brought to employees in the course of employment( this also includes injury by other employees, for whom the employer is liable).
A certificate of employers has to be displayed in a place on the factory shop floor so that all employees can see.
GOODS IN TRANSIT
Goods in transit insurance covers goods against loss or damage while in your vehicle or when sent by carrier. The sum insured may be a limit for each vehicle or any one consignment.
This protects you against customers who fail to pay their invoices for the products that your factory supplies. Because the risk of bad debt can be high, you would probably find it hard to get cover for this unless your business has been successfully up and running for some time.
LEGAL EXPENSES INSURANCE
This helps to cover the majority of your costs in the event of a legal dispute.
This usually covers legal costs for employment tribunals, prosecutions under Acts such as Health and Safety at Work (etc) 1974,contract disputes and costs caused by in-depth Internal Revenue or Custom and Excise investigation.
Some legal expenses policies also provide free legal advise as well as cover for employees time lost during jury service or as a witness in a case.
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