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Why is electricians’ insurance important?

Electricians’ insurance protects you against the costs of damage, injury or mistakes at work. You know the risks associated with electricity – so make sure you, your tools and your customers are covered.

  • Tick iconProtects you from big claims like accidental injury or damage
  • Tick iconKeeps you on track when the unexpected happens
  • Tick iconYou're covered for any associated legal and medical costs
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What does electricians’ insurance insurance cover?

You know the risk when you work with electricity and live wires. Make sure you're covered against injury on site, accidental damage to equipment, and legal and medical costs. Pick and choose which type of insurance best fits your business.

Public liability insurance

In case you or your employee injure someone or damage their property.

What’s typically covered by public liability insurance?

Legal costs and compensation payouts that result from claims against your business for:

  • Tick icondamage caused by you to someone else’s property
  • Tick iconinjury caused to someone else while you’re carrying out work (including medical costs)
  • Tick icondamage to someone else’s property, caused by an employee

For example:

  • your wire work is faulty and causes a small fire in your customer's house
  • a customer gets an electric shock injury after you’ve wired a plug

Read more about public liability insurance

Employers’ liability insurance

In case an employee gets ill or injures themselves at work.

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Legal costs and compensation payouts that result from claims against your business for:

  • Tick iconinjury or illness to an employee, caused by working for you (including medical costs)

**Employers’ liability insurance is required by law if you have people working for you. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.**

For example:

  • your employee does some rewiring and electrocutes themselves
  • your employee trips over your toolbox and breaks their arm

Tools insurance

In case your tools are stolen or accidentally damaged.

What’s typically covered by tools insurance?

  • Tick icontheft of your business tools while you're on site
  • Tick iconaccidental damage to your business tools when you’re on site

For example:

  • your drills are stolen while you're working
  • one of your employees spills their coffee over your radio

What you’ll need additional cover for

  • your tools when they're in transit between jobs

Read more about tools insurance

Stock insurance

In case your stock is accidentally damaged or stolen.

What’s typically covered by stock insurance?

  • Tick iconaccidental damage or theft of the equipment you’re using on a job

For example:

  • you leave some equipment outside of a customer’s house and it rains, ruining your equipment
  • thieves break into your van and steal your equipment while you're working on site

What you’ll need additional cover for

  • you’ll need goods in transit cover for your materials as you travel between jobs

Read more about stock insurance

Hired-in plant insurance

In case of loss or damage to hired plant.

What’s typically covered by hired-in plant insurance?

  • Tick icondamage accidentally caused to items of the plant you hired from someone else
  • Tick iconhire charges you still owe even though you’ve damaged the item

For example:

  • the wrong key is used for an item of hired plant and it breaks
  • an item of a hired plant is stolen from site, and the hire charges still apply while you wait for a replacement

Read more about hired-in plant insurance

Own plant insurance

In case of accidental or malicious damage to your own plant items.

What’s typically covered by own plant insurance?

  • Tick iconany larger items that you use to complete your day to day activities
  • Tick iconaccidental or malicious damage to your own plant items

For example:

  • you’re on a job and your plant is locked away – someone breaks in and steals the equipment that’s needed to complete the job
  • an employee spills liquid on your plant which means it’s no longer usable

What you’ll need additional cover for

  • wear and tear of your own plant

Read more about own plant insurance

Contract works insurance

In case your work is disrupted on-site due to theft or damage.

What’s typically covered by contract works insurance?

  • Tick iconcovers work in progress on your construction site
  • Tick icondamage or theft of your customer's tools and equipment that are left on site

For example:

  • you’re the main contractor on site, and a fire caused by vandals sets the completion date back. As a result, your customer's materials are damaged, causing a delay in completion

What you’ll need additional cover for

  • you need cover for your own tools and materials – if there's a fire on site, causing a delay in completion, your tools wouldn’t be covered

Read more about contract works insurance

Legal expenses insurance

In case there are any legal costs associated with running your business.

What’s typically covered by legal expenses insurance?

  • Tick iconlegal expenses resulting from your day-to-day business activities, like disputes with employees
  • Tick iconHMRC investigations, and tax and compliance disputes
  • Tick iconincludes a tax advice helpline, a 24/7 confidential legal helpline, and crisis PR support

For example:

  • if you're investigated by HMRC – this cover can cover the costs of any tax enquiries
  • a former employee takes you to court after you’ve sacked them

Read more about legal expenses insurance

Personal accident insurance

In case of injury at work or outside of work.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

  • Tick iconinjury or death for anyone covered on the policy
  • Tick iconlost income, medical and hospitalisation costs

For example:

  • you lose a finger working on site
  • your casual labourer breaks his leg on a night out

Read more about personal accident insurance

Professional indemnity insurance

In case a customer suffers financial loss because of you.

What’s typically covered by professional indemnity insurance?

Legal costs and compensation payouts that result from claims against your business for:

  • Tick iconsomething you or your employees have or haven’t done
  • Tick iconyou or your employees giving the wrong advice to a customer

For example:

  • you provide an electrical safety certificate to your customer – after this, they have an electrical fire which forces them to close their business for a month

Read more about professional indemnity insurance

How much does electricians’ insurance cost?

Find out how much you’ll pay by comparing prices from a range of trusted insurers. You choose what goes into your policy, so you only pay for what you need.

Prices start from £6.82 per month

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How we work out example prices We take the highest price from the bottom 10 per cent of all our customers paying in monthly instalments (based on data from 1 July to 31 December 2019). Most customers pay more than this but some pay less.

Example quotes, real prices

£9.09 /month

£70.88 /year

Domestic electrician working in residential locations

  • 5+ years' experience
  • sole trader
  • no employees
  • based in Derby

Public liability

£1,000,000


Employers’ liability

Not included


Tools

Not included

£159.06 /month

£[1,413.83 /year

Domestic and commercial electricians with employees and casual workers

  • 5+ years' experience
  • limited company
  • 2 employees
  • based in Birmingham

Public liability

£5,000,000


Employers’ liability

£10,000,000


Tools

£8,000

How we work out example quotes These examples are real quotes from our online system (created 27/08/2020). They’re based on a range of factors, like employees and location. Your own quote will be based on what you tell us about your business. Prices may go up or down from day to day, so the prices you’re quoted may differ to the ones you see here.

What kind of excess should I expect?

An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

Insurance coverLowest excessHighest excess
Public liability£100£2500
Employers' liabilityNo excessNo excess
Tools£60£500
Stock£100£500
Business and office equipment£50£750

You'll get a complete breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us. The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.

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How do I choose insurance?

Making sure you have the right type and level of business insurance can be the difference between getting a claim paid and having to cover the cost of an expensive accident yourself. Read our tips for guidance on what to consider when buying a policy.

Is public liability enough for third party property damage?

You may need more than public liability to cover certain types of damage

In some situations you may need more than public liability to cover certain kinds of property damage. Learn about professional indemnity and buildings insurance.

Can I just cover my most expensive tools?

Make sure you cover the total cost of replacing all your tools or you’ll only get a proportion of your claim paid out if something happens to them. Learn about tools insurance.

Which type of workers do I need insurance for?

Employers’ liability insurance is a legal requirement if you employ people.

If you have people working for you, including bona fide subcontractors (BFSC), labour-only subcontractors (LOSC), part-timers, or full-time staff, employers’ liability insurance is required by law.

Read on for our simplified guide to the difference between labour-only subcontractors and bona fide subcontractors.

Will tools insurance cover all my equipment?

Depending on what you use to do your work, you may need other covers.

You may need more than tools insurance – for example, business equipment insurance if you have a work laptop, plant insurance if you use machinery.

Does electricians' insurance cover my work correctly?

Make sure you're picking the right cover to protect you properly. It's important to know that if you have another trade or job, you'll need additional cover. For example, do you need to consider electrical contractors insurance or builders insurance?

Do I need cover for other types of work?

If you provide these services alongside building work, make sure you’re covered

Which public liability cover limit should I choose?

Think about the maximum possible loss your business could face in the event of a claim, and make sure you take legal fees and damages into consideration. You can choose from three levels of coverage – £1 million, £2 million, or up to £5 million.


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How do claims work?

Unlike price comparison websites, we take the hassle out of claims for you. We know how important it is to get your business back on track quickly – and with a minimum of fuss. That’s why you get access to your dedicated claims team any time, day or night. Call them on 0333 207 0560 or claim online. They’ll do their best to be fair and supportive. The figure below is rounded across our range of products. Our claims process may vary for different products and operates on a ‘claim by claim’ basis.

£30 million in claims paid out in 2019

Paying 80% of settled claims within 24 hours in 2019

Example claim

Having electricians’ insurance through Simply Business has saved electricians thousands of pounds when the unexpected happened.

Richard saved more than £4,600

Richard (not his real name) was fitting lights when he dropped his cutters in the bath. As a result, the bath was chipped. Luckily, Richard’s accidental damage insurance paid out.

Insurance payout

£4,660.00

Covering the majority of the cost of the damage to someone else’s property.


Richard's costs

£100

The excess amount stated in Richard's policy terms

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Electricians’ insurance FAQ

Whether you’re new to buying business insurance or you’ve been trading for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about electricians’ insurance.

  • Without this insurance, you could be liable for thousands of pounds in legal fees and compensation claims.

    You need professional indemnity insurance if you give advice to customers. If that advice is incorrect, or your customer files allegations of mistakes or carelessness against your work, you could be out of pocket. You can even lose income from wasted time defending these claims.

    Some trade bodies require you to have some level of professional indemnity insurance.

  • It’s important to have public liability insurance. Working with electricity means serious consequences should anything go wrong. And if anything did go wrong, the financial implications can be hefty.

    Public liability insurance can protect you against claims arising from injury or loss suffered by a member of the public as a result of your work.

  • If you have people working for you, you’re required by law to have employers’ liability insurance. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.

    While you may not be required by law to have other types of insurance, it’s important to protect your business. You should also protect your tools, your employees, your customers, and members of the public should anything happen at work.

    Three types of insurance you should consider as a self-employed electrician are:

    • public liability insurance
    • employers’ liability insurance (a legal requirement)
  • If you’re working under the main contractor’s supervision, you’re unlikely to need your own public liability insurance policy. Their insurance should cover you – but please remember to check this with them.

    But, if you’re working independently, you’ll need your own public liability insurance. Either way, it’s best to check with the main contractor.

    The most common types of insurance for a contractor are public liability and professional indemnity.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always take professional advice. Read our full disclaimer

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