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Why You Must Ensure Your Trade Insurance Is Right

Rhino Trade Insurance 05 May 2024

If you're reading this, chances are you're no stranger to the occasional trade-related mishap. Your job is demanding, but it's also rewarding. However, when it comes to protecting yourself and your livelihood, there's one tool you might be overlooking - your trade insurance.

We get it. Insurance isn't the most thrilling topic, and you probably have a toolbox full of more exciting things to worry about. In this blog post, we're going to take a stroll through the world of trade insurance. We'll discuss why it's crucial, what it typically covers, and how to know if it's time for a review.

The Lowdown on Trade Insurance

First things first - what exactly is trade insurance? It's like a safety net for your business. Whether you're a plumber, electrician, carpenter, or any other skilled tradesperson, your work involves risks. Accidents happen, tools get stolen, and sometimes, clients can be a bit... difficult.

Trade insurance is designed to cushion the blow when things go south. It's not just an industry requirement in many cases; it's your shield against financial disasters that could otherwise leave you high and dry.

The Basics: What's Typically Covered

Public Liability Insurance:

Let's start with the big one - Public Liability Insurance. This is your prevention against third-party claims. Accidentally flooded a client's living room while fixing a leak? This has your back. It covers the costs if your work causes injury or property damage to someone else and with Rhino, you can opt for £1 million, £2 million and £5 million in cover. 

Employers' Liability Insurance:

If you've got a team of skilled craftsmen working with you, Employers' Liability Insurance is a must. It covers your backside if an employee gets injured or falls ill due to work-related activities. It's a legal requirement for any trade business with employees, so don't neglect it as Rhino can offer you up to £10 million in protection!

Tool Cover:

Your tools are your livelihood, right? Imagine the horror of waking up to an empty van. Tool cover helps replace or repair your gear if it's stolen, damaged, or lost. It's like an added safety net for your safety net and with Rhino, you can protect your important tools up to the value of £10,000!

Contractors’ All Risks Insurance:

This one's for the builders, sparkys and plumbers out there. If a project goes sideways due to unforeseen events like fire, flood, or theft, Contractors All Risks Insurance steps in to cover the costs of putting things right. Find out exactly what this cover does for your business here

Professional Indemnity Insurance:

Are you a trade consultant or a design-savvy worker? Professional Indemnity Insurance is your ally. It provides protection if a client alleges your professional advice or services caused them financial loss. Accusations happen, and this insurance ensures you're not the one who has to dig deep to correct an innocent mistake. 

Signs It's Time for a Trade Insurance Review

Now that we've covered the basics, let's talk about when it might be time to dust off that insurance policy and give it a good once-over.

  1. Business Growth:

If your trade business is booming and you've expanded your team or services, it's a good sign that it's time to review your insurance. More people, more projects, and more responsibilities mean higher risks. Make sure your coverage grows with your success.

  1. New Tools or Equipment:

Did you invest in that shiny new piece of equipment or upgrade your toolbox recently? Congratulations! Now, make sure your policy represents these additions. Your coverage should reflect the current value of your tools and equipment to avoid any surprises in case of loss or damage.

  1. Change in Operations:

Have you diversified your services or started taking on different types of projects? A change in operations might mean you need different or additional coverage. For example, if you're venturing into larger construction projects, you might need higher limits on your Public Liability Insurance.

  1. Industry Changes:

The world is constantly evolving, and so is your industry. Stay informed about all the changes in regulations or standards that might affect your trade insurance needs. An outdated policy might not provide the protection you currently require.

  1. Review of Coverage Limits:

As your business grows, so should your coverage limits. If you've been working with the same policy for years without adjusting the limits, you might be exposing yourself to potential financial risks. A thorough review can help you determine if your coverage adequately protects your assets.

  1. Claims History:

If you've had to make a claim recently, it's crucial to reassess your coverage. Frequent claims could signal that your current policy isn't comprehensive enough or that there are gaps in your protection. Be sure to work with one of the Rhino Trade Insurance experts to address any areas of concern.

What's at Stake?

Still not convinced that a trade insurance review is worth your time? Let's talk about what's at stake if you don't have adequate coverage.

  1. Financial Issues:

Without trade insurance, a single unfortunate event could spell financial disaster for your business. Legal fees, compensation payouts, and repair costs can add up quickly. Insurance acts as a financial buffer, protecting your hard-earned money from being drained by unexpected expenses.

  1. Reputation Damage:

Your reputation is as important as your skill with a hammer or chisel. If a mishap occurs and you're not covered, it could tarnish your professional standing. Word-of-mouth travels fast, and a damaged reputation can impact your ability to secure future projects.

  1. Legal Consequences:

Operating without the necessary trade insurance can have serious legal consequences. Fines, legal battles, and even the suspension of your business operations are all potential outcomes. Protect yourself legally and financially by ensuring your insurance is up-to-date.

  1. Lost Business Opportunities:

Some clients won't even consider hiring a tradesperson without proper insurance. It's a sign of professionalism and responsibility. Without it, you might miss out on lucrative opportunities simply because clients are unwilling to take the risk.

How to Conduct a Trade Insurance Review

Now that you see the value of a trade insurance review, let's break down the process into simple steps.

  1. Gather Your Policies
  2. Review Coverage Limits
  3. Assess Policy Exclusions
  4. Update Business Information
  5. Get Yourself a Quick and Easy Quote
  6. Ask Our Five Star Team For Some Professional Advice - 0116 243 7904

Invest in Your Businesses Security Today

Just as you invest in quality tools and equipment, investing in the right trade insurance is crucial for the longevity and success of your enterprise.

Take the time to review your insurance coverage, assess your needs, and ensure that you're adequately protected. The trade industry is unpredictable, and accidents can happen to even the most seasoned professionals. So, take a break from the daily grind, grab a cuppa, and give your insurance policies the attention they deserve. And if you need any help, our team is on hand to guide you in the right direction - 0116 243 7904.

About The Author Phil McCormick

Experienced in brand marketing and content. Most of that lovely communication you see online will be from Phil. social media, emails, videos, how to make a bacon sarny? You get the gist!

Trade most identified with: Electrician - It’s our Phil’s job to map out all our communications and make sure the signal works! Also, he’s one of the cockiest blighters in the team so electrician fits perfectly!

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