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Contractors Insurance

Contractors insurance with public liability protection starting at less than £58*, which automatically includes:

  • Public Liability
  • Financial Loss
  • Products Liability
  • Legal Expenses
  • Accidental Death
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Whether you’re a builder, an electrician, or a cleaner, contracting means every project you take on will be different. Regardless of whether you’re thoroughly prepared for each job, unexpected accidents are always a possibility. For the sake of your finances, reputation, and relationships with your clients, it’s vital that you’re protected in the worst-case scenarios. With Tradesman Saver’s comprehensive contractors insurance package, you’re automatically covered if a claim is made against your business.

Why do you need contractors insurance?

Flexibility and expertise are vital parts of being a contractor, allowing you to turn your hand to any project where you’ll be trusted to make important decisions. Even the most competent business owners can make innocent mistakes. For example, clients could fall over your equipment and injure themselves, or a lapse in judgement could accidentally cause damage their property. Situations like these leave you vulnerable to legal action, where you could be forced to make hefty compensation payments. However, with a contractors insurance policy in place, we protect your business from potential financial disaster by covering all associated fees.

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What’s included with our Automatic Cover

Due to the unpredictable nature of your work, it’s wise to take out a combination of policies to fully protect yourself against all unexpected events. Contractors’ public liability insurance is one of the most important, as this covers you against injuries and property damage caused by your business. This could be a core part of electrical contractors insurance, for example, safeguarding you in the event that someone gets an electric shock from a wire you’ve left exposed.

Public liability comes as part of Tradesman Saver’s standard insurance package, which also includes accidental death coverage. This could make all the difference to your contracting business if the nature of your work puts you and your employees in potentially life-threatening situations. For instance, this could be a key part of building contractors insurance as you’ll likely work with dangerous tools. In addition to public liability and accidental death, you’ll automatically be covered for financial loss, legal expenses, and products liability as well.

You may also be interested in our optional covers. Employer’s liability is a legal requirement if you employ a team of staff, while contractor income protection provides you with regular payments if you’re temporarily unable to work following illness or injury. Professional indemnity could also be useful, as this covers you against any mistakes with serious consequences. For instance, if you need cleaning contractors insurance, professional indemnity would protect you if you damaged a customer’s reputation after sharing private information found in their home. Meanwhile, we also provide coverage for stolen and damaged tools and equipment, as well as a thorough contractors all risks policy to protect your business against a range of potential hazards in the workplace. Contact us today to arrange a tailor-made insurance package perfectly suited to your contracting business.

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Why Us?

Online & Anywhere

We like to keep things simple. Your quote, purchase and documents are all available online, anytime.

Instant Cover

No need to wait for your documents. Our tradesman cover starts from the moment you purchase.

Added Protection

Public liability, products liability, financial loss, legal expenses and accidental death cover as standard.

Monthly Instalments

Cashflow is important to every business. Spread the cost by paying in easy monthly instalments.

What does contractors insurance cover?

Our automatic Tradesman Saver insurance package covers contractors for public liability, products liability, accidental death, financial losses, and legal expenses. However, in offering a variety of optional covers, including employer’s liability, professional indemnity, and contractors income protection, we give our customers the opportunity to create a customised package which can be designed to meet all their business’s requirements.

How much is contractors insurance?

You can find out how much you’d have to pay for your dedicated contractors insurance policy by applying for a quote with Tradesman Saver. The final figure is determined by many factors, such as the riskiness of your work, how long your typical contracts are, and how much cover you require to protect your business.

Are subcontractors covered under contractors insurance?

If you are a subcontractor, you can’t always assume you are covered by your main contractor’s insurance policy. This largely depends on whether you’re a labour only or a bona-fide subcontractor. The former acts as a company employee, using all the materials, equipment and tools provided by the firm and working under its supervision. The latter, however, will work unsupervised and more independently of the company, deciding their own hours and using their own equipment. Therefore, if you are a bona-fide subcontractor, you’ll need your own public liability cover, as well as employer’s liability if you are bringing your own staff to the job. It’s unlikely you’ll be hired at all without this all-important insurance. You may also wish to consider optional covers like contractors income protection in case you find yourself unable to work, or a policy protecting your tools and equipment. However, even if you are a labour only subcontractor, it’s wise to check the terms of any master insurance policies to see whether you need to organise any of your own cover.

Is contractors insurance the same as contractors all risk insurance?

Contractors insurance refers to all the types of cover a contractor could need, such as public liability, employer’s liability, and legal expenses. Contractors all risks insurance is one specific policy that is available to all tradesmen within the construction sector, such as builders, plumbers, and carpenters. This particular optional cover includes contract works insurance, up to £500,000 expenses for loss or damage to building works you’re responsible for. We also protect you against theft or damage to any equipment associated with the contract, as well as damage to temporary buildings or hired-in property.

How does contractors insurance work?

All of Tradesman Saver’s policies will cover you for public liability, products liability, accidental death, financial losses, and legal expenses. It is then your decision to decide which optional covers would be best suited to your particular business. Contract works insurance, for example, is common amongst construction workers. The maximum contract period, and the maintenance guarantee period for this policy is 12 months, though we are happy to arrange cover higher than this if you need it. However, contractors insurance doesn’t cover damage to property already on site. For example, if a fire wrecked a house and an extension you were working on, your policy would only cover the extension in progress. The rest of the house would need to be covered by the client’s home insurance. 

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*This indicative price is for £1m public and products liability, £250,000 legal expenses, £10,000 financial loss and £10,000 accidental death insurance cover for a sole trader. The price includes insurance premium tax and our admin charge. 22% of new customers paid less than £58 between 1st January 2019 and 31st August 2019. The actual price you pay will depend upon your specific business requirements and will be affected by your trade, your claims history and the optional covers you select which are all priced separately during the quote process. This website is intended for customers based in the UK and is therefore subject to the UK regulatory regime(s) © Copyright 2019 Tradesman Saver | Tradesman Saver and Henry Seymour & Co. are trading names of Barkdene Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 303965) for our insurance distribution and credit broking activities. Barkdene Limited is a credit broker not a lender. You can check this on the Financial Services register https://register.fca.org.uk/.
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