Commercial truck insurance is an essential policy that provides coverage to vehicles that are used in a business capacity. It is necessary for all types of businesses, including sole proprietorships and fleets of freight vehicles. Read more
If you own or are looking to own a painting company, you will need to get the right insurance to protect your assets. When you’re on the job, you have to look out for paint spills, property damage and slips. You’ll need to get the best coverage so you can breathe easy knowing you will be taken care of in the event of an emergency. Here are all the different painters insurance policies that you may need.
Although most contractors consider the workday over once they put their tools away and hop back in the truck, the workday doesn’t really conclude until you and your coworkers are all home safely. Because long and difficult hours are common for most commercial truck drivers, you have probably had to drive when you are drowsy – many drivers even treat it as a normal part of doing business.
However, this type of dangerous thinking can have tragic consequences, as few people understand the level of danger associated with drowsy driving. Read more
Inland marine insurance for contractors is an often-misunderstood product because of its bizarre name. Basically, inland marine insurance protects the transport of goods across land in the event that damage happens to them during their travels. Whether that damage happens as a result of construction materials shifting after a driver slams on their brakes or when a business van gets in a wreck that destroys thousands of dollars’ worth of tools, inland marine insurance will protect the commercial property of contractors.
As you can see, this product can prevent the huge costs of replacing materials, tools or equipment in the event of an unexpected accident. Prevent a nerve-wracking collision situation from being much worse than it needs to be by protecting the commercial goods being transported at the time.
Why Does Inland Marine Insurance Have Such an Odd Name?
Inland marine insurance’s name comes from a long tradition of financial products in America. Until the construction of the railroads and later the interstate highway system, transportation of goods over land was not nearly as common as it was now. Most “shipping” literally took place on ships.
Marine insurance covered the cargo carried by these ships in case they capsized, a fire broke out or some other incident occurred that could damage the transported goods. Shipping companies and other business people came to depend on marine insurance to reduce the risks of sending valuable goods across potentially turbulent waters.
Businesses that transported their goods over land as opposed to water began to demand that same coverage, especially as locomotives and automobiles made land transportation more realistic. This coverage was referred to as “inland marine insurance” to differentiate it from water-going transport. Even though trucking goods and equipment over land has become much more common, the name stuck.
What Contractors Need Inland Marine Insurance?
With very few exceptions, all contractors and construction businesses should carry inland marine insurance. Even if you have commercial auto insurance designed specifically for contractors, the job site materials, tools and equipment you carry may not be covered as part of collision insurance. If these items do happen to be covered, coverage limits often fail to compensate for their full value.
Since materials like stone tiles and tools like plasma cutters can often cost tens of thousands of dollars, ignoring the risk of damaging them during transport can be a huge financial mistake. Most contractors are going to be carrying these items back and forth on a day-to-day basis as they travel from job site to job site or retrieve materials from suppliers. These contractors may not be aware of the limitations of their commercial auto insurance on covering these items. Should one of their employees get into an accident during work, they may suddenly be shocked to discover that thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars are expected to come out of their own pocket.
Do not let this situation happen to you. Any contractors that travel to job sites to perform work — which is nearly all of them — puts their business at risk when they transport materials without inland marine insurance. Find the coverage you need to stay confident and remain afloat even when accidents occur on the way to or from jobs.
Trying to find the basic insurance policies you need to run your small business can be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. Companies may try to sell you a thousand policies at once or focus entirely on one specific coverage but, there are very few basic insurance breakdowns out there. That’s why we decided to put together this list of HVAC contractor policies that you can use to establish a strong insurance foundation.
HVAC Contractor Insurance – The 3 Basic Policies Every HVAC Contractor Needs
1. Contractors General Liability Insurance
General liability insurance is an essential asset for any small business owner (especially if you own a contracting business). In this industry there are more than a handful of ways for you to lose quite a large sum of money in a very short period of time. General liability insurance is designed to reduce that peril. Defined as an insurance policy that offers protection against third-party claims of property damage, injury or bodily harm, loss of life or limb, or negligence, general liability insurance has the stopping power you need to protect your business from lawsuit-induced financial loss. It is also required by law in most states which is why we would consider this the most important HVAC contractor insurance policy on this list.
2. Contractors Workers Compensation Insurance
Well, workers compensation insurance may give general liability a run for its’ money (at least in terms of importance). Like the aforementioned policy, workers comp is required by law in most states (except for Texas) making it an essential component of HVAC contractor insurance. It is designed to cover everything from injury or loss of limb, repetitive motion injuries, medical treatment and lost wages to death and emphysema. Needless to say it covers a lot (a lot more than we can cover in this post), so if you would like more information, please check out our page on workers compensation.
3. Commercial Auto and Truck Insurance
Commercial auto and truck insurance might not have the same legal requirements as general liability insurance or workers comp but, it’s still a necessary piece of HVAC contractor insurance. If you use a vehicle to transport goods, people or perform other business related tasks then you may want to consider acquiring this policy. It will not only protect you (the driver) but the goods and employees you are transporting. Two things that your personal policy will not cover.