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Contractors Insurance

What Is Contractors Insurance?

Whether you’re an electrical contractor, roofing contractor, flooring contractor or plumbing contractor, we’ve got you covered with a variety of suitable insurance policies – sourced with your needs in mind. We can find insurance packages for a wide range of contractors, including those that deal with construction, property and specialised design projects. With access to leading insurers, excellent deals and a supportive business insurance team, here at The Insurance Octopus, we’ve got you covered. Along with flexible payment methods, and no charges for mid-term adjustments ever – you can gain a policy that truly meets your needs, and is as reliable as you are.

For your contractors insurance quote, please fill in our quote form, or request a call back, and we’ll take you through a range of options at a time that suits you.

What insurance do contractors need?

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Public Liability Insurance

Cover is available as standard from £1 to £5m, and protects any damage or harm accidentally done to clients or members of the public due to your negligence.

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Employer’s Liability Insurance

Hire subcontractors? Employ staff? This cover protects them from any harm or injury, and supports their road back to recovery should they suffer an accident at work.

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Legal Cover

Covers any court and legal proceeding costs, and add ons can include employment disputes and contract and debt recovery.

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Add Ons

From professional indemnity insurance, contracts all risk cover and equipment damage, through to business interruption insurance and owned and hired in plant cover, there’s a lot of great options for the ultimate in protection.

Introducing contractors insurance

Tailored insurance cover for contractors and the projects they undertake

As a contractor or general contractor, you’ll be hired by clients directly under contract to carry out and complete specified projects and services; you’ll also likely find that each project you undertake is different in nature, with each having their own unique set of risks and hazards. You may even hire labour only sub contractors who will also need to be insured under your policy. Insurance cover for contractors incorporates public liability and employers liability cover as standard with optional professional indemnity cover. We’ve carefully sourced contractors insurance policies to help protect contractors from every day potential risks, with additional optional covers available if needed such as contractors all risk and personal accident insurance.

What your contractors insurance policy includes

Core Covers: Public Liability Insurance

Protect your business from claims made by the public due to suffering injury or property damage by your business. With the cover available as standard from £1 to £5m, higher limits are also available upon request.

Employer’s liability insurance

A legal requirement for contractors who have employees – employers liability cover provides protection against employee legal disputes and employee bodily injury claims.


Legal Cover

This cover takes care of any court related costs or costs associated with legal proceedings. We can source legal cover as a standard part of your Employers liability or Public Liability policy or as an optional add-on to cover situations such as Contract & Debt Recovery, Employee Disputes and Tax Investigations.

Optional Add-ons: Professional Indemnity Insurance

Professional Indemnity cover is perfect for contractors who provide advice or services to their customers, covering you and your business in cases of misadvice, misservice or misdesign resulting in a customer’s financial loss.


Contract Works or Contractors All Risks cover

Contract Works or also known as Contractors All Risks will insure your work plus materials, should they be damaged or stolen. You’ll also be covered for the additional labour costs incurred to rebuild the work previously completed along with cover for your own or hired in plant.


Equipment Damage cover

This covers you for the cost of replacing any damaged, lost or stolen equipment.

Business Interruption Cover

Protection in the event your business suffers a loss of gross profit or revenue due to an insured incident.

Owned and hired in plant cover

This cover protects you against potential theft or damage to hired in or owned plant machinery.

Remember however it won’t cover you for deliberate damage or bad workmanship.

We can source contractors insurance policies to ensure you are able to carry out projects, safe in the knowledge that you and your business are secure in the event of a claim.

Types of contractors we can find cover for

Contractors insurance is suitable for a range of different trade’s people and general contractors including: electrical contractors, flooring contractors, plumbing contractors, roofing contractors and painting contractors and many many more. Speak to our team to arrange the right cover for you and your business.

Contractors Insurance FAQs

  • Is contractor insurance a legal requirement?

    No, the only type of insurance that is legally required of a contractor is employer’s liability insurance. However, it is advisable that you take out contractor insurance to cover you in the event that some unforeseen incident or accident takes place. When the unexpected happens and you don’t have the right insurance cover, you could find yourself severely out of pocket.

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  • Do I also need professional indemnity insurance?

    Professional indemnity insurance covers you in the event that your advice or instructions are directly responsible for harm or damage to people or property. If you, as a contractor, ever give advice to clients about what work they should have done, or what they should do to maintain things, it would be wise for you to take out professional indemnity cover in case your advice leads to unforeseen problems.

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  • What level of cover do contractors need?

    The only insurance type that is a legal requirement for contractors is employer’s liability insurance. After this, the level of cover a contractor takes out is entirely up to them. In any trade, there is a substantial risk of injury or damage to property, so it is highly advisable to take out cover against these risks. The level of cover you take out is your decision, which should be informed by an assessment of the risks your business faces and the extent of the costs which these risks could incur.

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Comprehensive tailor made cover for both self
employed contractors and contractor businesses

Working as a sub contractor?

We find cover for a wide range of contractors and subcontractors insurance. No matter your business type our contractor insurance specialists will be able to tailor a policy to meet your unique requirements. Everything we do is bespoke meaning we aim to find cover that is right for you and your business.

Arrange same day cover

One of our insurance experts will discuss your business requirements as a contractor with you and look to find and compare quotes from major UK insurance providers. Get a contractors insurance policy tailored to your business needs to ensure you only pay for the cover you need. We can provide you with your business insurance and documents on the same day in most cases, and offer a range of flexible payment options.

Why choose The Insurance Octopus?

We proudly make buying insurance simple and transparent and our sourced cover comes with a range of benefits.

Up to £5 million of cover

Claims can be expensive, that’s why we source cover that offers up to £5 million worth of public liability cover for Tradesmen – with more available upon request.

Simple specific cover

To help save you both time and money. We compare prices from a range of different insurers so you don’t have to.

A team that knows your industry

We’ll connect you with an agent who understands many of the challenges you face, and can truly get to grips with the type of cover you need.

Easy claims process

Accidents can happen, so when something does go wrong you can rest easy knowing our team is on hand to make the claims process as quick and stress free as possible.

No mid term fees, ever

We don’t charge any mid-term fees at all during the life of your policy – so there are no hidden fees following any changes you might need to make.

How insurance for contractors works

Examples of Tradesman Insurance in action

An £80,000 Miscalculation

A general contractor was performing building renovations in an office block using gas-powered generators and hardware. The contractor neglected to adequately ventilate the building, or contain the emissions from the equipment as he worked. Employees in a nearby area of the building began experiencing headaches, nausea and respiratory issues. An air quality investigation concluded that the emissions from the construction equipment had caused increased levels of CO2 in the building. The contractor was liable for causing the illnesses, resulting in 30 employee bodily injury claims totalling more than £80,000.

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