What is a hot work policy exclusion on my public liability policy?
A hot work policy exclusion on a public liability insurance policy in Australia is a clause that excludes coverage for any damage or liability arising from hot work activities. Hot work activities refer to any work involving heat or flame, such as welding, soldering, cutting, or brazing.
The exclusion means that if an incident or accident occurs during hot work activities and results in property damage, bodily injury, or any other liability, the insurance policy will not cover the damages or liability costs.
It’s important to note that hot work policy exclusions are common in public liability insurance policies in Australia and are typically included to reduce the insurer’s risk exposure to potentially high-risk activities. As such, businesses need to understand any policy exclusions and ensure that they have appropriate safety measures to mitigate any potential risks associated with hot work activities.
Does your occupation involve hot work?
If you do hot work like flame cutting, flame heating, arc or gas welding, metal grinding or any similar operation in which welding, metal grinding or cutting equipment is used, except where such use is carried out in strict compliance with all relevant statutes and Australian Standards 1674.1 and 1674.2 (or any subsequent amendments), resulting claims may be excluded.
How can you reduce liability arising from hot work activities?
You can take several steps to reduce the liability arising from hot work activities, including:
- Conducting a risk assessment: Tradies should conduct a risk assessment before starting any hot work activities to identify potential hazards and implement appropriate safety measures.
- Using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE): Tradies should wear appropriate PPE, such as welding helmets, gloves, and protective clothing, to protect themselves from heat and flame.
- Having a fire safety plan: Tradies should have a fire safety plan that outlines emergency procedures and evacuation routes in case of a fire or other emergency.
- Properly training employees: All employees involved in hot work activities should be trained on safety procedures, including fire extinguishers and other safety equipment.
- Maintaining equipment: Equipment used for hot work activities should be regularly inspected to ensure it is in good working order and doesn’t pose a safety hazard.
- Ensuring adequate ventilation: Adequate ventilation is essential during hot work activities to prevent the buildup of combustible gases or fumes that could lead to a fire or explosion.
- Obtaining appropriate insurance coverage: Tradies should ensure that they have appropriate insurance coverage, including public liability insurance, to protect themselves from liability in case of property damage or bodily injury arising from hot work activities.
By implementing these safety measures, Tradies can reduce the risk of liability arising from hot work activities and ensure a safe work environment for themselves and their employees.
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