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Help! What construction insurance do I need?

by | Oct 20, 2020 | Construction Liability, Contractors All Risk, Guarantees, Professional Indemnity, Trade Credit

What construction insurance do I need?

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 them for you:

5 Construction Insurance Options

Contractors All Risk is the bread and butter of building insurance, this cover provides complete protection for all types of construction and engineering works against different types of construction risks such as fire, lightning, flood, storm, earthquake, cyclone and other accidental or malicious damage. It also provides cover for legal liabilities that may arise from third parties for bodily injury or illness to third parties as well as damage or loss to third party property during your project. Contractors All Risk can be taken out as a once-off policy for a specific project or you can opt to take out an annual policy which covers all your projects for the year – this is typically more economical and less administrative, it also enables you to add cover for your own plant and equipment as well as the plant and equipment that you hire in.

Plant All Risks is what you are after if you are a plant owner or a contractor hiring in plant. This policy provides cover for loss of or damage to construction plant and equipment from any cause whilst in storage, transit, on contract site and being use as a tool of trade. Liability for legal liabilities arising from third parties can also be taken out for plant on-site and plant on-road.

Professional Indemnity is your go to cover for professionals – i.e. Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Engineers, etc. It protects you when someone seeks compensation if you’ve made mistakes or are found to have been negligent. Other construction insurances, like Contractors All Risks, will typically not respond if damages or losses are found to be as a result of professional errors or omissions. In these instances, the affected parties will come knocking on your door seeking compensation and where you want your Professional Indemnity to kick in.

Most contracts require contractors to provide a Construction Guarantee to the owner (or employer) guaranteeing the contractor’s performance undertaken in terms of the construction contract, or principal building agreement (PBA). Building contractors are often required to provide Performance Guarantees after being awarded a contract. Performance Guarantees provide the Employer with security should the Contractor not perform his obligations or complete the work, as agreed, in the construction Contract. Some contracts make provision for the employer to pre-finance a contractor by making payments before the project begins. For example: When the employer agrees to give the contractor money upfront to pay sub-contractors to complete the project. An Advance Payment Guarantee will protect the sub-contractors and the Employer’s investment should the contractor suddenly go bankrupt. A Retention Guarantee is a financial security held by the Employer or main contractor to ensure that sub-contractors fulfill their obligations under the contract. It protects the Employer by guaranteeing that the Contractor will carry out all necessary work to correct structural and/or other defects discovered immediately after completion of the project as well as during the maintenance period. A Bid Bond is purchased when a Contractor is bidding on a tendered Contract. The Bid Bond pre-qualifies the Contractor and provides security to the Employer/Owner by guaranteeing that the Contractor will enter into the Contract if it’s awarded.

Trade Credit is for businesses that deliver goods or services on credit terms. All it takes is just one bad debtor to cripple the entire supply chain. In today’s economy, maintaining cash flow to grow your business can be a difficult balance. Trade credit cover minimises your exposure, equipping you to make the right decisions. Through effective credit management and risk transfer, you will have complete assurance every step of the way.


What construction insurance do I need? I’m still not sure.

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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.

Don’t drop the wrecking ball now

As a responsible construction company owner, you know the importance of insuring your plant and making sure that your other necessary policies are in place with CivilSure. But did you know that the number of instances of – and the size of – liability claims litigation is higher than ever, and climbing?

Plant All Risk Advice

“PAR” stands for Plant All Risks, and is a section of insurance cover that is intended to cover all types of construction plant i.e. mobile yellow metal plant such as Graders, TLB’s, Excavators and / or non-mobile construction equipment such as scaffolding, generators and small tools. These are typically used on construction and civil engineering projects ranging from residential to commercial to large infrastructure projects. A PAR policy will cover risks that are fortuitous working accidents/ sudden and unforeseen losses or damages…

Why you need Contractors’ All Risk insurance

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.

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.

Special project delay insurance for special risks

You know that there are many risks associated with running a construction company. After civil unrest wreaked havoc in South Africa in June and July this year, you may be asking yourself: “What would happen if we should have to temporarily close our construction sites because of civil commotion, public disorder, rioting, looting, labour disturbances, strikes, a lockout – or even an act of terrorism?”

Three ways to insure your plant

Civilsure understands the importance and necessity of comprehensive plant insurance at a reasonable rate. We also know that you expect impeccable service and attention to detail at claims stage. That is why we are committed to helping you choose the correct plant all risk (PAR) for your business needs.

What is ‘Practical Completion’?

Practical Completion doesn’t mean the Contractor has finished the Works in every detail. It means the Works are sufficiently complete to be safely used by the Employer for the purpose he intended. The Contractor may still complete minor items and fix defects after Practical Completion, as long as the Employer isn’t inconvenienced.

Contractors All Risk policy – Should You Put Your Name On It?

Dirk Gouws (Engineering Insurance expet, AC&E Engineering Underwriting Managers) explains the meaning of having your name on a Contractors All Risk policy.

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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Civilsure Trade Credit
Civilsure Professional Indemnity

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