Excavation is central to construction, whether you are working on a housing project, road widening project, or a water line project.
Here’s what you need to know about insurance for your excavation business:
Commercial general liability: Excavation sites can be dangerous to you and your employees and to the public.
This type of insurance provides coverage if you are found legally liable for injury to another person or property damage to a third party caused by your products, services, or employees.
It also covers accidents on your premises or at a customer’s location, and it covers medical bills if someone is injured.
Legal and settlements costs also are covered if someone files a suit against you.
Remember that your premium will depend on factors such as what projects you take on, your experience, location, income and how many employees you have.
Equipment and tools insurance: It replaces, or repairs damaged, stolen, or lost equipment and tools, accessories, or other property that you use in your heavy equipment repair and rental business.
Anything valued at less than $1,500 is considered a tool and anything above that limit is considered equipment.
It can also be called equipment floater insurance instead of equipment and tools insurance.
Demolition and Tree Removal: Excavation work can involve demolition, such as the demolition of buildings, bringing the risk of injury and property damage. Be honest about the nature of your excavation work and ask your broker if demolition is included in the commercial general liability coverage or whether you need a specific policy to cover demolition.
Does your excavation work involve tree removal? Find out if you are protected under your general commercial liability insurance, of if you need a specific coverage.
Commercial property insurance: This type of insurance provides protection for your workshop or office in the event of a covered loss, including water damage, fire, or theft. It also covers the building’s contents such as tools, equipment, computers, and furniture and extends to property that is under your care, control, or custody.
Errors and omissions insurance: Contractors’ errors and omissions insurance, also known as E&O insurance, covers errors or omissions in your work that cause damage to, loss of use or recall of work, or impaired property.
Commercial auto insurance: If you have company vehicles for your excavation business, you need to have commercial auto insurance. It protects you in the event of an accident involving your company vehicle and it can provide coverage if injury, damage, or theft occurs.
Pollution liability insurance: Your business will be protected against claims for third-party bodily injury, third-party property damage or third-party environmental damage, including cleanup costs, caused by pollution conditions resulting from your excavation work.
Western Coast Insurance Services Ltd. is a wholly-owned division of Western Financial Group Ltd. Insurance products are underwritten by certain licensed insurance companies and are only
available throughout British Columbia, Canada.