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What is Plant All Risk Insurance?

Your onsite machinery (plant) is vulnerable to a number of problems such as breakdowns, vandalism and theft. Missing a project deadline can be bad news for your bottom line as well as your reputation. Plant All Risk Insurance covers you for loss of, or damage to, construction plant and equipment whilst in storage, transit, on the contract site or being use as a tool of trade.

When is Your Plant Covered?

Plant All Risk Insurance covers you while it’s stored at your own premises, in transit between your premises and the place of use, whilst being used as a tool of trade or at an exhibition/ demonstration and transit back to your premises.

The cover can be extended to include plant hired-in, plant hired-out and for hire charges which may arise as a result of loss or damage or third party liability.

Whether you work on large scale construction sites or are a handyman, we have a broad range of Plant All Risk Insurance policies available to meet your specific needs and protect you against potential issues.

Keep things on track, and on time, with our Plant All Risks Insurance.


Plant Hire – Have you read the Contract?

Do you ever get evidence of the Plant Hire Contract when you hire in a Concrete Pump Truck or another item of plant? Knowing the Terms and Conditions of hiring plant in is a fundamental step you don’t want to miss. Where there is documentation to support the hire of plant, it may take various forms. Usually, there will be some form of order. Whether it is a specially designed pro-forma, or just an email or facsimile , it should provide sufficient information to enable the Terms & Conditions of Hire to be clearly identified. In a perfect world, every hiring of plant would be covered by a separate, written Hire Agreement and the Contractors Plant Hire Association (“CPHA”) produces such a document for use by its members. In reality, whilst there is generally some documentation relating to each hire, this does not necessarily comprise a consistent sequence along the lines of order, acknowledgement and invoice, all making reference to one and the same set of terms and conditions (or to any conditions at all).

If there is no specific reference to CPHA conditions, then enquiries must be made to establish whether CPHA conditions had been discussed verbally and agreed by the parties before the relevant paperwork was issued. The trading history of the parties is also relevant. There may, for example, be a Term Agreement in place with a particular supplier which sets out the Terms & Conditions under which all plant will be hired. Alternatively, there may be an unwritten understanding between the parties to the same effect. Plant is frequently hired by cell phone, either from the contract site or from your centrally based Ready Mix orders Department. In the latter case, there is likely to be more consistency over agreed Terms & Conditions and better paperwork, but, it is all too common for plant to be hired at short notice and in a hurry, particularly from site, when cost and availability are the overriding concerns and there is unlikely to be any consideration given by the hirer to other aspects. Does the fact that your site agent or foreman who ordered a Digger loader late on a Friday afternoon, at an agreed rate of R300.00 per hour plus diesel, with transport of R1000.00 each way, mean that you have no obligations other than to pay for the hire of the machine? Even at common law, there are liabilities upon those who hire plant, as they will be deemed to be bailees and therefore obliged to take reasonable care of the goods and return them to the supplier at the end of the hire period.

Your responsibility as hirer

  • When reference to the terms and conditions of CPHA have been used, you are responsible for the damage to the plant and machinery
  • When no terms and conditions have been stipulated by the Plant Hire company, you are commonly known as a “bailee” and in common law you are therefore obliged to take reasonable care of the goods and return them to the supplier at the end of the hire period Remember to read the fine print before you hire – and absence of fine print does not mean absence of responsibility!   Insurance for Ready Mix companies for Hired In Plant is available on an Annual Contractors All Risk Policy or as an Annual Standalone policy. Click here for a plant hired in quote.

Keep things on track, and on time, with our Plant All Risks Insurance.
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Help! What construction insurance do I need?

Understandably this can be a challenge as there is a myriad of cover available in the construction insurance landscape.

Let’s quickly unpack 5 Construction Insurance options for you.

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The term ‘Letter of Intent’ (LOI) is typically used to describe a letter from an Employer to a Contractor (or from a main Contractor to a Subcontractor) indicating the Employer’s intention to enter into a formal written contract for Works described in the letter, and asking the Contractor to begin those works before the formal Contract is executed. While an Letter of Intent may come in many forms, it’s essentially a communication expressing an intention to enter into a Contract at a future date.

When is a Performance Guarantee called on?

Building Contractors often ask us the question: When is a Performance Guarantee called on? When your company starts bidding on projects for cities, provinces or municipalities, you’ll be expected to provide assurance that you can meet the obligations detailed in the Contract.

This assurance comes in the form of a Performance Guarantee. Basically, what happens is that a surety company (an insurer or bank), for a certain fee, steps in and guarantees your performance. Surety companies don’t work directly with Contractors. Instead, they partner with brokerages like us.

Four types of Contract Guarantees and What They Insure

Contract Guarantees in the construction, engineering, manufacturing and mining service industries are almost mandatory. Our range of Construction Guarantees are as varied as your requirements. Here’s a short list of the four types of Contract Guarantees and what they insure.

How do you get a Performance Guarantee?

When applying to get a Performance Guarantee, you’ll have to answer basic questions about your professional work experience and your company’s financial history. If your business has more than one owner, the financial credentials of all owners must be submitted.

What’s the difference between a Performance Bond and a Performance Guarantee?

The term Performance Bond is often misleading, which can leave contractors confused about the difference between a performance bond and a performance guarantee. Most construction Performance Bonds are actually Guarantees. Bonds and Guarantees are related but are different. The right to claim under a Guarantee is linked to non-performance of the underlying contract. Under a Bond, the bank usually pays on demand regardless of the underlying contract.

Bank Guarantee to Fuel Guarantee

A Fuel Guarantee is security against payment default by the Retailer for fuel delivered by a Fuel Company. The Guarantee covers fuel, lubricant, rent & more

What is a Performance Guarantee?

A Performance Guarantee is a contractor’s promise to complete the construction project within the deadlines, while meeting all contractual conditions.

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