Professional indemnity insurance for engineers in one easy package. Pick one (if your turnover's under £50,000) or build your own.
An easy calculation
Engineers face as many risks are there are specialist areas. Lots, in other words.
Allegations of professional negligence hurt, and defending yourself takes time and money. These two things are rarely inexhaustible.
Thankfully, engineering insurance frees you up to specialise in the most important thing – running your business.
It’d be great if we could say that and mean it. But we can’t.
Mistakes happen, accusations are made, solicitors get involved and clients want payback. Rightly or wrongly these things happen every day and, sooner or later, you could be on the receiving end.
A claim won’t go away if you ignore it. And there are no shortcuts. You have to Do Something About It.
So, you need professional indemnity insurance because you have a business to run; because you have limited funds; because you’re not legally trained; and because your reputation matters.
What else is there?
Professional indemnity insurance protects your business. No one else’s.
So you have to decide what level of cover is enough for you. Consider what you do, who you do it for and how much it’s worth. Think about worst-case scenario and what could go wrong. What’s the most expensive mistake you could make (or be accused of making)?
Always bear in mind that you can’t have too much cover. Your legal defence can cost many tens of thousands of pounds – and that’s before the compensation bill from your client arrives. Your level of cover has to be enough to cover all of this.
It’s a tricky one to get right. Have a read of this guide or call us if you need more help.
Different insurers cover different things so it’s hard to be definitive.
That said, engineering involving such things as oil and gas, nuclear power, sewerage, tunnels, mines, bridges, harbours and swimming pools all make an insurer ask more questions. Some will draw the line at these completely.
At the other end of the scale, electrical, HVAC, civil, structural, mechanical and soil engineering shouldn’t cause any problems. Ditto project management if you get involved in that.
No. But it’s certainly a good idea.
You’ll find that most clients ask you to have it so, often, the decision is made for you.
And it doesn’t make a difference if you’re chartered or not – the Engineering Council doesn’t stipulate you have to have it.
Public liability insurance is for when you go out and about on business, or have visitors to your office. It’s for claims of physical damage to property and people. Useful if you’re clumsy.
Employers’ liability insurance covers your business if an employee sues it for damages. Claims are usually because they’ve suffered injuries and illnesses as a consequence of working for you. It’s a legal requirement for UK businesses with employees.
Office and property insurance covers the things in your office (furniture, plants, fixed IT equipment etc) and portable insurance covers gadgets and technical equipment away from the office (laptops, tablets, projectors etc). If you’re not sure it’s worth insuring, add it all up – it’s probably worth more than you think.
Business interruption insurance means you can still work when your office is out of action. Be it flood, fire or flea infestation, you’re covered for the costs of setting up elsewhere and for any lost revenue in that time.
Directors’ and officers’ insurance covers your company bosses. Anyone from regulators to shareholders to competitors can accuse you of not running a business with due care. Worse, directors are personally liable for their actions. The good thing is this insurance covers your defence costs and any compensation you have to pay. So you can put away your chequebook.
Glad you asked.
The simple answer is: we know what we're doing. Professional insurance is all we do so we know what you need, even if you don't.
We also know that buying insurance can be, well, a bit of a pain. So we make sure getting yours is quick and hassle-free.
We do all that while treating you like a human being, too. You won't find a call centre here. Or a phone menu. And we've banned nonsense insurance jargon.
Plus, every insurance-related question you can think of is answered in our School of Risk, and you'll get our quarterly risk advice email – 'The Waggle' – to help you avoid problems in the first place.
If you're after a second opinion, have a look at our customers' feedback. They're the ones you should really listen to.