Working in a professional trade exposes you to some very high-risk situations. Electrical Contractors Insurance includes a package of coverage designed to protect you from the risks and perils faced every day. We offer insurance for over 450 different trades, giving you the protection you need, at the right price
Insurance is a must-have for any electrical contractor. General liability insurance of at least $500,000 is required to apply for the statewide electrical contractor license, and many county governments also require liability insurance to issue a local electrical license. If you are an electrical contractor with employees, consider getting workers’ compensation coverage for your business.
Any job that asks you to work with electricity will be dangerous, but many electricians work their entire careers without having an accident. Personal protective equipment, insurance, training, and increasingly-safe workplaces will keep you and your employees out of harm’s way.
The average cost of electrical contractor insurance is $48 per month, or $550 per year. That is for a general liability insurance policy only. This is also the most popular insurance policy for electrical contractors.
If you add more coverages that an electrician may need, the premiums will increase accordingly. Below is the table of average costs for different coverages for your reference.
|Electrical contractor insurance coverages
|General liability insurance
|$48 per month
|Commercial property insurance
|$85 per month
|Contractors tools and equipment
|$35 per month
|Workers comp insurance
|$145 per month
On average, the monthly cost of electrician insurance is around $313, or $3,780 per year, depending on the amount of coverage you select.
Garnering clients: In some cases, failing to have proper coverage can actually cost you clients. This generally applies to general liability insurance, which protects the business in the event of property damage/personal injuries while on the job. If you don’t have enough insurance coverage, clients will be concerned that you will go after them legally to pay legal and medical costs from worksite accidents out of their control.
Protecting you from angry clients: Imagine doing a commercial electrical installation, only to be informed a few days afterward that the power went out. The client, in this case, may have lost money in refunds/lost sales and potentially even had to toss out some of their perishable products. The last person to work on their electrical system was your business, and you are given a bill for it. This is a case where professional liability coverage is needed. When work you do leads to client losses, this keeps you from paying for it out of pocket. Having coverage here can also minimize the damage to your business’s reputation.
Protecting your employees: All electrical contractors pay heavy attention to safety and invest in equipment and training, but that doesn’t completely avoid accidents. Sometimes, something unforeseen can lead to employees getting injured, and they will need help paying for medical costs and replacing lost income. This is where worker’s compensation coverage is essential. Most states require workers compensation insurance to practice trades anyway, so this is one of the first policies you should be looking into.
Lost/damaged tools: In some cases, you may be reliant on a piece of equipment to finish a job, so if it fails while working, you can be caught in a difficult position. How do you pay to repair or replace it when your cash flow is contingent on that one job? In this case, you need contractor equipment coverage. Your policy can also cover losses and theft.
Coverage for road issues while on the job: Most people think of job site accidents when talking about insurance, but driving to and from the job qualifies as work time as well. What happens if one of your technicians gets in an accident on their way to a site? Their personal auto policy won’t protect your company, so you need business auto insurance. This generally includes liability, but you can also upgrade to collision/comprehensive coverage to protect your vehicles.
Settling contract disputes: For one reason or another, a client may decide not to pay their bill in a timely fashion. Even if you are able to eventually get your money, the halt in cash flow could be devastating for your business. This is especially the case if you are a smaller contractor devoting a lot of your manpower to one large job. To protect yourself in the event of a wait, invest in business interruption coverage. This will help provide you with money while you wait to resolve the dispute.
Business income insurance helps recover some of your lost income if you can’t operate your electrician business because of covered property damage.
General liability insurance is a common type of commercial liability insurance coverage. Policies typically include coverage for bodily injury and property damage. Coverage is also available for advertising injury, which may include libel, slander and copyright issues. Coverage details vary, so it’s important to select the policy the best meets your company’s liability needs.
A tools and equipment floater covers the insured property wherever it is used and may include such items as hand tools, power drills, hoisting machines and power pumps.
General Liability Insurance Includes:
General liability is included in a business owners policy, or BOP. A BOP provides you with additional electrical contractor insurance protection for your company assets. Asset protection includes tangible items such as your electrician tools, and intangible assets such as your company payroll. Other examples of BOP coverage options include:
Given the possibility of a lawsuit should someone claim to have been harmed by your work, you will almost certainly need liability insurance.
If working as a subcontractor, your customer may require you to have Owners and Contractors Protective Liability (OCP) coverage. This protects either a property/business owner or a general contractor from possible liability arising from the negligent acts of an independent contractor or subcontractor hired to perform work on behalf of the insured. The actual purchaser of the policy is the independent contractor or subcontractor, but the protection is for the benefit of the property/business owner or general contractor for whom the work is being done.
Also refereed as Business Vehicle Insurance, your personal auto policy probably provides coverage for your electrical contractor in business use of your truck, van or other vehicle. A personal auto policy is unlikely to provide coverage, however, if the vehicle in question is used primarily in business. It will not provide coverage for any vehicle owned by a business. For those vehicles you must have a business auto policy.
If you’re driving a truck you own personally for a business purpose and get into an accident for which you are liable, an injured person could sue you personally. Will your personal auto policy have enough coverage to pay all the damages? If not, a lawsuit may be filed against your business. If you use personal vehicles for business, you want to be sure you have high enough limits to protect your business. You should discuss this with your electrical contractor insurance agent.
This electrical contractor insurance is a must so don’t let the term “inland marine” confuse you. As opposed to “marine insurance,” which covers products when transported over water, inland marine insurance covers products, materials and equipment when transported over land—e.g., via truck or train—or while temporarily warehoused by a third party. Collisions and cargo theft are the two most frequent causes of inland marine losses.
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