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Why do you need gas fitters insurance?

As a Gas Safe engineer solving high-risk problems in complex systems, you’re aware that your customers seek reassurance as well as expertise. Insurance for gas fitters plays an important role in covering you – and them – against the challenges you’re up against, including damage due to fire or flooding and other potential setbacks.

  • Tick iconProtection against big claims that result from mistakes, accidents or injuries
  • Tick iconCover to meet your needs, whether that’s you, your employees, contractors, casual workers or temporary staff
  • Tick iconHelp to keep going if an unexpected event disrupts a contract that’s underway
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What does gas fitters insurance cover?

Gas engineering is a varied industry. You need insurance that’s tailored to you and your business, so you’re free to focus on the job at hand. That’s why we help you build the policy that’s right for you, choosing from core covers, plus a few more specific options.

Public liability insurance

In case somebody suffers injury or damage to their property as a result of your gas fitting business.

What’s typically covered by public liability insurance for gas engineers?

Claims against your business for:

  • Tick iconaccidental damage to a residential or commercial property, caused by your work as a gas fitter or by one of your employees (remember, if you have people working for you, employers’ liability cover is a legal requirement)
  • Tick iconaccidental injury to another person, caused by your work as a gas fitter or by one of your employees

For example:

  • you need to move a washing machine to install a boiler, and in doing so you trigger a leak, which damages the customer’s floor
  • a boiler you’ve recently installed falls down and breaks several bones in the customer’s foot
  • your employee moves a sofa while carrying out a gas safety check, breaking the customer’s camera light by accident

What you’ll need additional cover for

  • installing and maintaining pipework used for water and drainage – this would be classed as plumbing work, so you’d need to cover it separately under plumbing insurance

Read more about public liability insurance

Employers’ liability insurance

In case your employee falls ill or gets injured because of their work for you.

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • Tick icona member of your staff becoming sick or suffering an injury as a result of the gas engineering work they do for you

**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 slips off a ladder and breaks their back as they’re trying to fix a boiler

Tools insurance

In case your gas fitting tools are lost, stolen or damaged.

What’s typically covered by tools insurance?

  • Tick icontheft of the tools you use to carry out your work as a gas fitter (especially handheld tools and portable electronic tools), whether on site or stored at your business premises
  • Tick iconflood, fire, or accidental damage to your gas fitting tools at a client site or at your premises

For example:

  • while you’re in the process of loading your van, somebody steals your tool box, which contains your drills, circular saw and hand vacuum
  • one of your employees accidentally steps on your tool box and breaks the drill, so you need to get it repaired

What you’ll need additional cover for

  • cover for tools left in your van overnight – these would need to be covered by tools overnight cover, which you can select as an optional extra

Read more about tools insurance

Contract works insurance

In case your gas engineering work in progress is destroyed, disrupted or delayed.

What’s typically covered by contract works insurance?

  • Tick icondamage to the ongoing work in progress on commercial or domestic premises
  • Tick iconyour gas work is destroyed or damaged while you’re working

For example:

  • you’re working on a commercial building and a fire breaks out, which sets back the completion date you’ve agreed to in the contract
  • the boilers you’re in the process of fitting are destroyed by fire, causing a delay to the completion date

Read more about contract works insurance

Legal expenses insurance

In case you need to pay legal costs while operating your gas engineering business.

What’s typically covered by legal expenses insurance?

  • Tick iconlawyer fees and other legal expenses you may face that catch you by surprise as the owner of your company
  • Tick iconthe cost of legal claims relating to property damage, nuisance or trespass
  • Tick icona 24/7 confidential legal helpline and a tax advice helpline, as well as crisis PR support to help you protect your business’s reputation
  • Tick iconsupport in handling unexpected tax and compliance matters

For example:

  • a client owes you a large sum of money because they’re three months late on payment, so you want to take them to court to recover the money
  • your businesses tax accounts are investigated by HMRC and you need an accountant to help you deal with the enquiries
  • you need legal help to resolve an HR dispute with an employee

Read more about legal expenses insurance

Personal accident insurance

In case you or anyone you've covered has an accident.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

  • Tick iconinjury or death, whether at work or elsewhere, for anyone you’ve specifically covered in your policy
  • Tick iconlost income, hospital bills, or other medical costs associated with the accident

For example:

  • you drop a bronze fireplace on your foot and it breaks your toe
  • your apprentice breaks their arm on the way into work
  • you suffer a slipped disc while you’re on a run at the weekend

Read more about personal accident insurance

How much does gas fitters 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 £6.79 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 - 31 December 2020). Most customers pay more than this but some pay less.

Example gas fitters insurance quotes, real prices

£26.13 /month

£232.24 /year

Self-employed domestic gas fitter who is also Gas Safe registered

  • 2-3 years' experience
  • sole trader
  • no employees
  • based in Bolton

Public liability insurance

£1,000,000


Employers’ liability insurance

Not included


Tools insurance

Not included

£101.58 /month

£902.96 /year

Small gas fitting business with 1 office-based staff member, Gas Safe registered

  • 5+ years' experience
  • limited company
  • 3 employees
  • based in Aberdeen

Public liability insurance

£2,000,000


Employers’ liability insurance

£10,000,000


Tools insurance

£5,000

How we work out example quotes These examples are real quotes from our online system (created 12/10/2020). 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

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.

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 cover.

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 cover – for example, business equipment insurance if you have a work laptop, plant insurance if you use machinery.

Does gas fitters 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 Plumbers insurance or Plumbing, heating and ventilation contractor - domestic?

Do I need cover for other types of work?

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

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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 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 gas fitter insurance through Simply Business has saved gas engineers thousands of pounds when the unexpected happened.

Jae saved more than £6,200

As part of a maintenance contract, Jae (name changed for privacy) was changing a shower valve in the wet room. The on/off switch just below the old valve was turned off correctly but the water was left on. This resulted in an escape of water. Luckily Jae had gas fitter insurance at the time, which stepped in to take care of the claim.

Insurance payout

£6,290.16

Covering the cost of the water damage


Jae’s costs

£100

The excess amount stated in Jae's policy terms

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Gas fitters’ 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 gas fitters' insurance.

  • Yes. It’s important to make sure you have the right type and level of insurance for the different types of work you do. For example, if you’re a plumber, you may also do building work on certain jobs – you’ll need additional cover for this, but you can have it all on the one policy. When you start your quote, you’ll have the option to add another trade or profession to your policy. If you need to add a third trade, give us a call on 0333 043 8527 and one of our insurance experts will help you set up your policy in minutes.

  • Yes. You may start offering additional services that require you to use different skills or carry out different tasks. If you find yourself in this situation, it's important to give us a call on 0333 043 8527 to update your policy before you take on this new work. If you don't have the correct type of cover in place for the work you do, you may be unable to claim on your policy if something goes wrong.

  • Each insurer looks at CCJs and IVAs differently – some apply stricter rules than others, but having a CCJ or IVA doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to buy insurance.

  • You can choose the payment type that suits your business and cash flow best. Some customers prefer to pay in one go, while others prefer to pay a regular monthly amount, like you do with lots of other bills. Simply Business offer three ways to pay for your policy:

    • one-off credit or debit card payment
    • BACS payment
    • Direct Debit If you choose to pay by Direct Debit, our credit provider, Premium Credit, pays Simply Business the full amount for your policy up front. You then repay Premium Credit in 10 monthly installments.
  • If you change your business legal structure from sole trader to limited company mid-way through your policy, give us a call straight away on 0333 0146 683. It’ll only take us a few minutes to cancel your existing policy and replace it with one that correctly covers your new legal structure. It’s worth bearing in mind that your insurer and premium amount may need to change.

  • This will depend on whether you have employers’ liability insurance in place. Public liability insurance is designed to protect your business against the consequences of legal action brought by members of the public for injuries or damage to their belongings. But when it comes to your employees causing injury or damage, this protection only activates if you also have employers’ liability insurance.

    If you employ people, you’re required by law to have employers’ liability insurance.

    There’s one exception here. Family businesses that aren’t incorporated as a limited company are not legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. The government defines a "family business" as one where all your employees are closely related to you (as a spouse, civil partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, step-parent, stepchild or half-sibling). So if you run an unincorporated family business and you choose not to get employers’ liability insurance, it’s important to know that your public liability insurance wouldn’t cover you against damage or injury caused by your team.

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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