Do I Need Public and Products Liability Insurance After I Cease Trading?

When your business ceases to trade, what insurance should be maintained?

Remember just because a business closes and/or ceases to trade, it does not mean it’s exposure to risk also ends.

The business and directors and shareholders may still have a liability exposure in relation to products sold, serviced, repaired, installed, imported or manufactured.

Public and Products Liability insurance policies are triggered by the occurrence of personal injury and/or property damage during the period of insurance. If you cancel the policy and a claim is made against you by a person who suffers personal injury and/or property damage after the date of cancellation of the policy, you will not be able to claim under the policy. It is irrelevant when the product was sold or the allegedly defective work was done.

In a recent claim, a kitchen manufacturer/installer installed a wall cabinet in 2013. In 2016, it fell from the wall damaging the cabinet as well as the kitchen benchtop it fell onto.

The insured had some months ago “closed” the business and their policies were cancelled. As a result, there was no cover in place when the damage occurred.

Although run-off cover is more commonly required for professional liability exposures, it’s not unusual for it to be contractually required for public and products liability risks.

If you are still unsure, talk to our team on 1300 046 787, to discuss your requirement.

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Insurers will offer different levels of cover, wordings, exclusions and inclusions, they may also prefer a certain risk and occupations.

Some insurers will offer specials at different times of the year.

Also if you have been with an insurer for any length of time you should consider asking for a discount, especially if you haven’t made any claims. (However unlike house insurance, they don’t offer any claims bonuses)

Pay Annually

The convenience of paying your public liability insurance by the month will come at a cost with most funding companies and insurers charging extra for the convenience, normally in the form of fees and charges.

Annual payment for your insurance policy is also tax deductible

Choose the right level of cover

Steve Sloan a broker from Insure 247 explains that the right level of cover is the first place to start. “If your business is dealing with the general public 5 million dollars cover may be adequate, however, if it’s business to business you may need to have $10 million dollars cover, if you deal with state, federal or local government they may require a minimum of $20 million. However, often the difference between 5 and 20 million dollars, may only be a few hundred dollars.

Reduce Risk

Where you show your insurer that you are reducing your risk it may reflect in the premiums, this may be something as simple as adhering to the Australian standards for certain business activities or if you are an importer and you can show that the manufacturing processes and procedures are in place this may also reflect on your premiums.

If you use subcontractors and you can also show that the subcontractors have their own insurance this may also have a benefit that reflects in your premium.

If you are still unsure, talk to our team on 1300 046 787, to discuss your requirement.

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Sole Trader To A Company Does my Policy Cover Me?

Public liability insurance for Sole Traders

Generally, public liability insurance policies will be in a company or individuals name.

The individual will often be a sole trader or be considered a small business. As these businesses grow, can their policy grow with them?

Can you transfer a policy from a Sole Trader to a new Pty Ltd Company as your business Grows?

Yes, according to Steve Sloan a broker with Insure 247.

As long as the trading activities, turnover and staff levels of the new entity are the same as your existing activities, brokers can arrange to transfer the policy into the Pty Ltd Company name.

What information will your insurer need when changing from a Sole Trader?

  • The Company Name
  • The ABN
  • The Address
  • The Trading Activites
  • Has any director been bankrupt or had a criminal conviction?
  • Sometimes they will also ask for the directors years of experience?

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If you are still unsure, talk to our team on 1300 046 787, to discuss your requirement.

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Can I get a monthly public liability insurance policy?

How do I get a monthly public liability insurance policy?

Steve Sloan, a broker with Insure 247 explains that a monthly public liability insurance policy is not a good option for the insurer or the insured;

“Most policies are created to protect a client during the insured period or if a claim arises from the insured activities within that period, if you take a short-term cover you may lose that protections.

Most insurers offer you an annual policy with cover for that annual period after the expiry date of the policy for unknown claims.

Business people who seek a short-term policy are generally seeking cover because they are being asked to get that cover by a head contractor as it is a condition of their insurance, or perhaps a government tender requires it. If you only take insurance for this period you run the risk of costly claim after you have finished the work and the head contractor can a most like will pursue your business for the debt. And let’s be honest there are not many businesses that can afford a multi-million dollar claim.

let’s be honest there are not many businesses that can afford a multi-million dollar claim

What is the alternative?

Most brokers and some direct insurers will, however, offer instalment options, sometimes through finance companies, these third parties generally make their money on the transaction by charging interest and dividing the total amount over monthly payments, this does not however mean you have a monthly policy.

If you cancel the policy, especially in the first few month, you can lose fees and charges that may result in a shortfall or for you to pay a larger some to cancel the policy. So before you enter into an instalment option check to see the cancellation fees, charges and total cost of the annual policy, but remember if you are planning to cancel you are doing so against the broker’s advice.

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If you are still unsure, talk to our team on 1300 046 787, to discuss your requirement.

 

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