With some variations, the insurance requirements of demolition contractors are not that different from their counterparts in construction. To avoid potential harms to workers or the public, contractors must be careful about their safe practices. Contractors in demolition need commercial general liability, company automobile insurance, property & contractors equipment, workers’ compensation to protect employees and umbrella.
Demolition Contractors: Commercial General Liability
This insurance provides protection against bodily injury and property damage that may be caused to others by the negligence of the contractor or its employees. Commercial general liability insurance also covers advertising and personal injuries caused by the contractor or its officers.
For every occurrence, coverage can vary from $300,000.000 to $1,000,000 and twice as much for the general aggregate. Due to the greater coverage and the low premiums, most contractors opt for the maximum limits. Additionally, large numbers of establishments that employ demolition contractors won’t accept less than $1,000,000 each occurrence.
The information required by insurance companies to underwrite is different from that needed by other contractors. Insurance companies are more concerned with safety measures that contractors take during demolition. This is vital information that most insurance companies need and which will affect not only the price but also your eligibility for insurance.
1. Scope and nature demolition activities. Contractors who are involved in other businesses can make it more risky.
2. Prior claims history and business experience.
3. Nature of demolished objects, techniques of demolition, demolition apparatus, explosives used, and maximum height demolished.
4. Safety criteria are established to prevent any injuries to people. Demolishing buildings with asbestos or PCBs is of special concern. A lot of attention should be paid to questions about contractors’ policies regarding obtaining written confirmation that all utilities have been cut before demolition.
Rate of commercial general coverage insurance for demolition contractors is shaped by the size of the contractor. This is often measured using the yearly payroll and/or yearly receipts of contractors. Insurance premiums can be increased by requesting endorsements and riders.
Contractors Property, Equipment and Tools Coverage
If they have their own equipment or tools to demolish a building, the demolition contractors might also need to be covered. The property’s age, the type of property, and the level of protection determine the premium.
Protection for your business automobile
Business auto coverage is important for contractors who own motorized vehicles. Rates of insurance are determined by the garaging ZIP code and drivers’ driving records, weight, use of commercial vehicles, as well as the type and amount of insurance.
Workers Compensation Insurance for Contractors
Workers compensation coverage is an obligatory legal requirement for all wage-paying organisations. Rates are calculated based on the ‘forecasted pay’ of employees for the next twelve month, the class codes of the workforce and the amount of coverage.
Contractors Umbrella Insurance or Excess Liability insurance
This coverage is required by many contractors, especially those with medium-sized to large businesses. This coverage provides additional liability insurance for certain underlining policies, as well as those that go beyond their limits. Prices of umbrella insurance are affected by the limits and forms of coverage.
There are many insurance companies that provide coverage for demolition contractors. Every insurer might use different criteria to approve and disapprove applicants. This class of business is not desired by most standard and preferred insurance companies. An independent agent might be better than a captive advisor for your insurance needs.