Businesses in the earthmoving, construction, mining and similar industries have complex insurance needs. The nature of this type of work can be dangerous due to the intense conditions in which you operate.
Taking out the right earthmoving equipment insurance is a must for any business that wants to protect its assets, employees and financial investment.
Insurance Cover Options for Earthmoving Equipment
Every business has different insurance needs and the only way to fully determine the type and extent of cover you need is to consult with a specialist insurance broker. That said, below are some of the different types of cover that can be added to a tailored earthmoving equipment insurance package:
- Public Liability Insurance
- Product Liability Insurance
- Professional Indemnity Insurance
- Management Liability Insurance
- Plant and Equipment Insurance
- Personal Accident Insurance
1. Public Liability Cover
Excavators cover a broad range of machinery and tools that can do some serious damage. It only takes one accident or mishap to injure someone on-site or damage a client’s property. This could result in a claim that could leave you liable to pay thousands of dollars in compensation. Public Liability Insurance can cover you for legal and compensation costs (whether you are at fault or not) if your business activities damage third party property, or your employees or other individuals are injured or die.
2. Product Liability Cover
Similar to Public Liability, Product Liability Insurance can cover financial costs if any of the products you distribute, manufacture or supply are alleged to have caused personal injury or damage to third party property.
3. Professional Indemnity Cover
Contractors are usually hired for their expertise and skills in a particular niche. Your clients trust your word and the advice you offer. If something happens or goes wrong and your client suffers financial loss, personal injury or property damage as a result of your services or advice, you could be liable to pay compensation. This could leave you in a very difficult and stressful financial position. Professional Indemnity Insurance can protect your business from this financial exposure by covering legal fees, compensation and other associated costs.
4. Management Liability Cover
Managing a business and employees comes with a number of risks that could threaten your business, reputation and bottom line. It’s easy to glance over Management Liability Insurance as a small business, but claims relating to unfair dismissal, bullying and harassment, occupational health and safety, tax compliance and fraud are just as much of a risk as they are for large companies. Management Liability Insurance an assist you with legal fees and related costs of a management-related claim.
5. Plant and Equipment Cover
Earthmoving, Plant and Equipment Insurance (also known as Yellow Plant Insurance), is like most other truck insurance policies with varying cover options ranging from comprehensive to third-party. Policies can cover your plant and equipment for fire, accidental damage, theft, vandalism, consequential loss, vehicle breakdown and more.
6. Personal Accident Cover
Contractors and earthmoving equipment operators often work in extreme conditions and face a huge risk of injury, and even death. Falling objects, being hit with machinery and falling into excavated areas are just a few risks for on-site workers. Personal Accident Insurance can provide financial compensation to workers to assist with medical care, rehabilitation and lost income. Businesses must be aware of such risks and meet all safety requirements to protect their employees. Failing to meet your workplace health and safety obligations means an insurer may not cover the injury or damage caused and could result in a lawsuit against your business.
Truck Insurance HQ is a leading insurance broker for businesses in the truck, transport and earthmoving industries. We’ve been working with small businesses and sole traders for over a decade and we pride ourselves on the services and support we provide. Working with a specialist broker can be the difference between finding good and bad cover and also winning or losing a claim. Give our team a call on 1300 815 344 for a detailed discussion of your needs.