Overall the public liability risk for this occupation is high, although the risk at the premises is fairly limited as there would be few visitors. The main risk is associated with work at the construction site including the risks of unauthorised access, attractive nuisance, excavation work, liability to sub-contractors, vicarious liability for sub-contractors, damage to customer and other third party property, business interruptions e.g. from interruption of gas or water supply and third party injuries from tools, equipment and materials. Good risk management of on-site risks is essential. Contract Works insurance will be required.
Work away from premises is the major exposure to consider for this occupation. The principal services provided by this industry are project management and trade skills. Construction is coordinated by non-residential building contractors who may also perform some of the construction activity. The actual work of a building contractor varies depending upon the type, size and location of the project undertaken. The general contractor must plan and manage all ordering and delivery of materials as well as coordinate and supervise all phases of the construction.
Some general contractors offer building design and consultation for their customers and may contract with an architect firm or hire in-building architects. A general contractor also may remodel buildings or make additions.
In general the office staff and managers and site foreman will be involved with:
General contractors may or may not be involved in projects from their beginning. Sometimes they start work on a project only after the land has been bought and the council approvals and permits granted. They may or may not be involved in land development. In some instances they may build on speculation, apart from their normal business.
Contractors will work in both occupied and unoccupied buildings. Occupied buildings may present a larger exposure, as the risk of injury to third parties and the risk of property damage will be greater.
Insurers will generally wish to establish:
The exposure for this class is high. Although claims will be rare, they could be severe. In most cases, the principal contractor is responsible for inspecting and approving all the work that goes into a project, therefore they may be held responsible for a wide range of problems that can develop with a completed structure, including those arising from errors made by subcontractors. The main risks include:
To reduce/control such exposure, contractors should always ensure that the product or material supplied and installed are conforming/complying with the relevant standards/laws and what is nominated in the approved plans and specifications. Although the insured typically will not be held liable for unknowingly using faulty or defective materials (claims will probably be directed at the manufacturer), it is likely that the insured could incur substantial legal defence fees if the insured or a sub-contractor performs work using such materials.
The range of projects or work in which a non-residential building contractor could be engaged is large and it is impossible to provide anything other than general guidance.
The major risks include:
Good risk management will include:
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