The chairs that could cost your business three hundred thousand dollars

Business discussions that could cost your business

Stephen Sloan insurance broker with Insure 247 urges businesses to consider that it's often the small things that can cost your business a lot of money.

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In a recent case in the New South Wales District Court, Kmart Australia was  made to pay compensation when an $8 plastic domestic use only chair collapsed when I client sat on it.

Awarded more than $300,000

According to the SMH*

Ms Lewis suffered permanent damage to her lower back, right buttock, thigh, and knee among other injuries.

She was awarded more than $300,000 in damages.

In making her decision to award Ms Lewis the sum, Judge Gibson noted that Kmart had breached its duty of care.

"To keep the photo lab (and its income) flowing, Kmart and its staff allowed the development of a haphazard system of customers taking chairs for sale in other departments (itself a breach of store policy) for use in circumstances where those chairs were unsuitable to the point of being dangerous," she said.

"I am satisfied that the plaintiff has established breach of duty of care. The defendant's failure to provide adequate seating for its customers in the photo lab, training for its staff and regulation of equipment use all play a role in relation to the circumstances of the accident."

Public Liability Insurance Offers Protection

Broker Stephen Sloan explains "Public Liability Insurance cover can protect the business owner where it is found to be negligent. It will also offer some protection for the high legal cost of defending such events.

Going without public liability cover may save you money spent on premiums, however in the event of a claim that saving may cost you your business.

Does Your Business Have A Plan?

It is not that anyone at Kmart intended for the client to get hurt and at no stage did the management of Kmart have any actual involvement in the actions that lead to the injury, however, they do need a system for training for their staff and the regulation of equipment, does your business do that?

It's also worth considering a risk mitigation when purchasing items used by the public or your staff, consider the use and consider is it appropriate for the intended use.

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Source *Sydney Morning Herald

Lost your client keys?

Lost your client keys? Your Public Liability Policy may cover you

If your business involves you having keys to clients premises, your at risk of a third party property claim in the event that you lose those keys.

Imagine the horror of not be able to find the keys, what if they were stolen and the thieves use it to strip out your clients property, are you liable?

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Am I covered?

What if your clients keys are used by you and 100 other people, will you be liable for the replacement cost of all the keys?

What if they are stolen from you car, will your businesses public liability policy cover the resulting loss?

According to Stephen Sloan an insurance broker with Insure 247, you may be able to calm your nerves in the event of lost or stolen clients keys  .

"A public liability insurance policy is in place to cover loss or damage to a third parties property or personal injury. So if due to your negligence the keys are lost, the resulting consequential loss would be covered."

"However in the case they are stolen from your car, your car policies public liability may offer you cover"

It is important to compare public liability insurance policies

"It is important to compare public liability insurance policies as some may have limits on property in physical and legal control that will impact your claim

Before making your claim here are details to prepare for your broker or insurer

  • Details of the loss
  • Your policy number
  • A letter of claim from the third party
  • A quote for the repair of the damage to the third party

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