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What Are Latent Defects?

A Latent Defect is a defect that is not detected by ordinary inspection, but lies hidden until sometime later, when it’s discovered because it causes a problem that everyone can see.  An example of latent defects would be weak concrete in part of a bridge column, that looks the same as strong concrete, but collapses when a heavy truck drives over the bridge.

Whose Responsible for Latent Defects?

The Contractor is responsible for any latent defects discovered during the first 10 years after the Engineer has issued the Final Approval Certificate. The Contractor will not be responsible for any latent defects discovered 5 to 10 years after issue of the Final Approval Certificate.

All latent defects have to be proven which means proof of Contractor negligence during the construction phase has to be clearly identified and proven. For example, a visible crack in a wall is not considered a latent defect unless it can be proven that it occurred due to the Contractor’s poor workmanship which couldn’t be identified at time of completion.

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What Are Latent Defects?

A Latent Defect is a defect that is not detected by ordinary inspection, but lies hidden until sometime later, when it’s discovered because it causes a problem that everyone can see.  An example of latent defects would be weak concrete in part of a bridge column, that looks the same as strong concrete, but collapses when a heavy truck drives over the bridge.

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When it comes to planning a new construction project, insurance doesn’t always get the priority it requires, with contractors often wondering whether it is really necessary to take out a contract works policy at all. Very often the contract works policy is arranged at the last minute, or even after the project has already started.

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All construction work, no matter the size or complexity of the project, contains an element of risk. Find out why you need Contractors All Risk Insurance.

How Does a Contractor Claim For An Extension of Time?

A Contractor can claim for an extension of time, thus extending the Due Completion Date for a project. He can also claim for any costs which will increase due to being on site for longer (called time-related General Items).

What is the Defects Liability Period?

The Defects Liability Period starts when the Certificate of Completion is issued and continues for the period agreed to in the Contract. During the Defects Liability Period, the Contractor has to obey all written instructions from the Engineer to carry out repairs and fix any defects which appear in the Permanent Works, so that, at the end of the Defects Liability Period, the Permanent Works are in the condition required by the Contract.

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