UK Commercial liability and property insurance for light and heavy industrial premises and property including plant and machinery which requires regular inspection and is covered subject to risk assessment surveys.
There are many types of commercial insurance that offer valuable protection to a business whose activities involve manufacturing of industrial products and processes in a factory, plant or workshop environment.
Please read the following to ensure that you can correctly identify the areas which are important to the protection of your business.
Whilst all of the undernoted sections are important to you, your attention to the following specifics is very important
INDUSTRIAL INSURANCE COVERS AVAILABLE
Buildings and contents can be insured against 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 For ?
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 fluctuations.
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.
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. (see Employers and Public Liability Sections)
Loss of Profit
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.
Make sure the appropriate cover is in place.
Damage to your property or machinery, or loss of stock, 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 insurers will ask for an estimate of your anticipated gross profit. If an auditor later certifies an actual figure materially lower than this estimate, a return of premium is normally given.
ENGINEERING / PLANT
Engineering insurance provides cover against electrical or mechanical breakdown for most machinery, including computers. 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.
Contents are usually covered against theft providing there has been forcible and violent entry to or exit from the premises. Damage to the 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 a fidelity guarantee policy.
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.
INDUSTRIAL INSURANCE LIABILITY
This provides you with cover and protection against claims for which you would be legally liable for and brought to you by anyone (other than your employees) for bodily injury or loss or damage to 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.
Eg manufacture of an article not finished properly leaving sharp edge which causes injury.
This is legally required if you have employees (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 has to be displayed in a place that all 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 is for anyone running (and particularly when starting) a business as, say, a business consultant operating in areas where advice is given and services provided ie. legal, management, marketing, financial etc.)
This protects you against your legal liability to compensate third parties for loss/injuries sustained due to you or your employees’ negligence.
This protects you against customers who fail to pay their invoices. 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.
This covers you for fraud or dishonesty by employees; it can be taken out for specific employees or the whole staff.
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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Due to the complex nature of underwritng risks for industrial premises and processes it is essential that a specialist in this area is consulted to ensure the correct levels of cover for your risks are in place. Please use our contact form and an expert industrial insurance broker will contact you directly.