Why do Engineers need it?
Insurance for engineers is all about safeguarding you against professional risk. There is a wide range of circumstances when engineers may face legal liability challenges from their clients. As a professional you have a duty of care to your clients. This duty can manifest itself in several ways including, contractual, statutory and the common law.
Did you Know?
Complaints about engineers typically include negligence, misleading information or misrepresentation and breaching the Engineers’ Code of Ethics.
Insurance for Engineers
Professional Indemnity provides indemnity for professional errors and negligence. Importantly, it provides legal defence costs and cover for any awards or settlements in the event of a claim being made against you. Whilst all claims scenarios will be subject to policy terms and conditions, it is essential that as a professional engineer, you buy a policy specifically designed for engineers. Some miscellaneous professional indemnity policies might exclude engineering activity. Typical claims might include specification errors, certification errors and design oversight. The policy also typically provides cover for the costs of responding to a disciplinary investigation.
As an engineer, you may have to work with contractors, staff, and the general public for various reasons. You may need public liability insurance to protect yourself against any claims and liabilities that arise due to damage to property or injury caused to someone on your premises or where you conduct your business. Some large projects might insist on Public Liability being in place before you go on site.
Most businesses will have assets of some sort that need protection in the event of fire, theft or natural disaster. A comprehensive business insurance policy for any engineering business can include cover for buildings, contents and portable equipment. A business insurance policy for an engineering business will include protection for loss of revenue as a result of any insured peril. It can also provide financial assistance in carrying out a disaster recovery plan such as setting up business at a new location with new equipment.
Engineers are increasingly vulnerable to changing legislation and any inadvertent breach of New Zealand Statutes can typically be covered by a Statutory Liability policy. The policy covers your legal defence costs as well as, in some cases, any fines incurred.