Electrician Public Liability Insurance

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Electrician Public Liability Insurance is designed to cover the works that you do as an electrical contractor and provides you cover for negligent acts that lead to personal injury or property damage. If you’ve been searching for information on electricians insurance policies then we are going to break down the cover that you would typically get with an electricians public liability insurance policy. 


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Electricians Public Liability Insurance

A Public Liability insurance policy for electricians is designed to protect you as either a business or a sole trader against losses caused by personal injury or property damage. This can be whilst you are working on a project or, most policies also have a product liability insurance component which could lead to a claim in later years to come. For example, a product liability claim could arise from the installation of a product for a client which leads to some sort of personal injury or property damage. For example, if you were installing a down light and the wiring was exposed causing some insulation to catch fire which led to damage in the property then your policy is designed to cover this type of situation. 

A policy is also strongly recommended for electrical companies and electrical contractors; as trade contracts are considered to be one of the more higher-risk occupations mainly due to the type of work performed, how its performed, and where the work is performed. For example, most electrical contractors would typically be working on a residential home or commercial property. If the damage was caused to either one of those properties the cost of repairs due to your negligence could be quite high.

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What policies should be included in an electricians insurance package?

An public liability insurance policy is only one key component of your insurance needs as an electrician. Other aspects of your business and key risk components should also be considered when considering what insurance does an electrician need.

The insurance policies that we typically recommend electricians to have in place are:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Errors and Omissions extensions (this will also protect you against financial losses that occur and not just personal injury or property damage)
  • Contract Works Insurance (this covers larger projects whilst they are in the process of being constructed)
  • Trade Credit Insurance (unfortunately, construction occupations have the highest risk for losses against other trade contractors)
  • Tools, motor vehicles and income protection are also worth considering

Most electricians that we speak with will usually just call us for a public liability insurance policy because that’s the only policy that their electrical licenses and head contractors have asked for however when considering the potential losses that could arise the policies above are also worth considering. We can combine all of these policies into an electrician insurance package, for your convenience.

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We understand that running a business takes a lot of work and as a business owner you’re expected to be across all of the different aspects of your business operation. We have tried to make our process as simple as possible and all of our Brokers work with each business owners to have a strong understanding of your business and whats required to be in place to ensure that there are no nasty surprises. We pride ourselves on not hiding behind the fine print. 

Clearing Up Your Questions About Public Liability Insurance for Electricians

How much does electricians Public Liability Insurance Cost?

There are a number of things to consider when considering the costs of an electricians public liability insurance. Electricians are definitely considered to be on the cheaper side of tradies insurance policies. 


When comparing the costs of an electricians policy to other trades like plumbers, electricians usually come in far cheaper. 


There are however, a few considerations that need to be made when considering the cost of one policy to the next. The biggest considerations for an electricians public liability insurance cost is:

  • Your estimated income or turnover for the year
  • Working over 2 storeys 
  • Additional cover being included for tools 
  • Use of subcontractors instead of employees
  • What state you are based in and whether any additional licensing requirements need to be adhered to


Each trade occupation carries its own risk and this also includes insuring one electrician to the other. It’s extremely important that when you are considering your insurance needs, you take advice from an insurance professional and not another tradie at smoko.


As a rough guide on overall cost, a premium of $500 – $1,000 is quite common for electricians when purchasing their public liability insurance. This figure is based on an approximate turnover of $100,000 – $500,000.

When should you put an electricians public liability insurance in place?

A common question that we get asked is ‘when should you put a policy in place’ and our response is always the same. As soon as your intention is to begin trading as a business is when you should consider a policy, especially public liability insurance for electricians. In Queensland, a public liability policy is required to be in place before your electrical license is issued.


A common misconception amongst trade contractors is that they don’t need insurance if they are working as a sub-contractor for another business owner. This is not the case at all, you are considered your own business and should have your own policy as soon as you register an ABN and intend to operate as a business.


Going on to a job-site or to a clients premises to quote a job can lead to a claim being made against you. We understand that there are a number of costs that need to be considered when starting a business and after spending money on a canopy fit-out, decking it out with tools the last thing you’re thinking of insurance. The important thing to consider is that your risk as a business owner starts straight away.


For most business owners, they start out as a sole-trader and that means that personal assets can be considered if a significant claim is made against you. Have a public liability insurance policy in place will add another layer of protection between you, your business and your family home.


If cashflow is tight, we work with a number of premium funders who can assist by offering monthly repayments on your insurance policies. We can also provide you with a free risk report which tells you from the highest to lowest risk on what insurance policies you should prioritise.


A liability insurance for electricians should be the first priority when purchasing your policies and the additional cover can be considered once you have a plan on how you will operate your business.

As a business insurance broker, our goal is to work with you. This means that we provide you with advice to make the best decisions for your business. 

Do I pay more using an Insurance Broker for my Electricians Public Liability policy?

No, you don’t.


It is quite common that an Insurance Broker will charge a broker fee in addition to the premium charged by the insurer. This is a professional fee that is charged to cover the administration costs, time and advice provided to you.


This fee, along with commission which is paid by the insurer is essentially what a Broker is remunerated for the placement of your policy. Some Brokers may charge additional fees for things like claims management we however, do not.


More often than not, inclusive of any fees that we charge, we can usually still get you a great deal.


Our broking services don’t just stop once we place your policy the first time. Each year, when your policy comes up for renewal, we will re-market and approach our panel of insurers to ensure that you are getting a competitive premium every year.


It’s important to note that most business owners who manage their own insurances forget to update things. Particularly their turnover, the use of subcontractors and other aspects of their policy that they don’t consider important but an insurer does. These are not things that you should be doing when and if a claim occurs and an insurer is considering whether they will provide you cover or not. If a large loss was to occur to your business this could be the difference of whether you continue trading or not.


The other important aspect of ‘do it yourself’ insurance policies is that you are also required to manage your claim yourself. This can be countless back and forth with the insurer, multiple phone calls and emails requesting more and more information. Sometimes claims can also get to a stale-mate and having someone with the insurance knowledge that a broker does can be extremely helpful with getting your claim finalised.

Can I package my electricians insurance policies together?

We can bundle an endless amount of policies together into one simple and easy to manage monthly repayment.


We can also common due date policies which means that even if you take out additional policies during the year we can renew them all at the same time so that you don’t need to be thinking about what insurance policies renew when throughout the year.


As an insurance broker we get a lot more flexibility with insurers compared to the traditional route of contacting an insurer directly.


Sometimes bundling your policies together with the same insurer isn’t always the most cost effective solution. For example your electricians public liability insurance with one insurer may be competitive but when adding your tools cover onto the same policy it works out more expensive than insuring your tools elsewhere. We work this out for you to ensure that you are getting the best deal across all of your policies.


The other option for you as a customer would be to contact multiple insurers, get a quote and set up multiple direct debits with different insurers that come out at different times which causes an account keeping nightmare.

Who can use an Insurance Broker?

We work with any business regardless of your size, what occupation you are in. Our specialty is in providing you advice about all aspects of insurance so that you are confidently protected.

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