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Business Insurance for Metal & Steel Fabricators *

Steel fabrication risks include metal fumes, airborne silica, molten metals, chemicals, heat, and falling hazards – to name a few.

People and property on site may be hurt or damaged due to accidents involving steel fabrication , which typically includes welding work.

There is also the risk that metal products created or repaired by steel fabricators may accidently cause harm to people or damage property.

Fortunately, suitable business insurance for steel fabricators may provide protection against financial hardships that could arise from accidents, property damage, or legal claims caused by your steel fabrication business activities.

Suitable business and public liability insurance may cover property damage, injuries to third parties that are caused by your high-risk metal fabrication business activities.

Many Business Owners are UNSURE if they are COVERED PROPERLY.
We help them find affordable and SUITABLE INSURANCE so they can run their business with CONFIDENCE.*

What Insurance Do I Need as a Metal or Steel Fabricator? *

Some of the major types of business insurance covers available to metal & steel fabricators in Australia are explained below and include:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Business Insurance Pack
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • General Property and Tools
  • Commercial Motor insurance
  • Plant and Equipment Insurance

Why do metal & steel fabricators need public liability insurance? *

Public Liability Insurance coverage is essential for all self-employed metal & steel fabricators, and owners of steel fabrication business.

Steel fabricators need public liability insurance as their work involves working with volatile materials, metal fumes, airborne silica, molten metals, chemicals, and heat that increase the probability of an accident on site.

People and property on site may be hurt or damaged due to accidents involving steel fabrication.

Steel fabricators also, by definition ,create products out of metal , that may accidently cause harm to people or damage property.

Protections offered to steel fabricators by public liability insurance in Australia generally include:

  • Injury to other persons due to your steel fabricating activities –Where a steel fabricator business activity causes harm to a third-party person. . For example, a client ignores your warnings to stay away from the site and get burnt by hot sparks  or injure themselves when they trip and fall over debris or your metal fabrication equipment .
  • Damage to others property due to your steel fabricator activities – Where a steel fabricator business activity causes damages to a third- party’s property. For example, a steel fabricator may accidently cause damage where a spark from your work ignites a fire, damaging your client’s property.
  • Harm to other persons or other persons property due to your steel fabricator business’s products – Where a steel fabricator business’s products and goods supplied causes harm to a third party -person or a third- party’s property. For example, products a steel fabricator has supplied, repaired, or manufactured cause harm, injure someone or cause property damage.

Public liability insurance coverage may protect steel fabricators from claims that arise when others allege, they are negligent.

A steel fabricator’s public liability policy may provide a defence against the ensuing lawsuit when needed and may pay the damages sought by the injured party.

Business insurance pack for steel fabricators *

Steel fabricators may be able to combine multiple covers in a single business insurance pack policy.

By ‘packaging’ your business insurance into a ‘business pack’ steel fabricators can potentially cover many of the risks their business faces in the one policy.

For example, with a steel fabricator’s commercial premises, a business insurance pack may provide cover for buildings and contents if they are accidentally damaged by a defined event, such as fire, storm, impact damage, accidental damage, vandalism, or malicious damage.

Other typical inclusions for steel fabricators with a business insurance pack are Public Liability Insurance and Product Liability Insurance.

Optional inclusions for steel fabricators with a business insurance pack are General Property, Contents, Machinery, Plant and Stock, Glass, Money, Business Interruption and Marine Cover.

Personal Accident Insurance for self-employed steel fabricators *

As a self-employed steel fabricator your personal safety is your livelihood.

Personal accident insurance for steel fabricators may provide cover for 52 or 104 weeks and up to 85%* of weekly income at the time of the injury; depending on the amount of coverage agreed when the policy is taken out.

Time away from work from an accident will have a direct impact on a self-employed steel fabricator’s income, and a long period away can negatively affect their savings, family, and lifestyle.

Personal Accident Insurance may help self-employed steel fabricators pay for essential bills and other financial commitments if they have an accident.

General Property and Tools Insurance for steel fabricators *

As a steel fabricator, you are likely to have many tools and equipment that allow you to do your job, such as Guillotines, Beam Lines, MIG and stick welders, Lathes, Metal Cutting Saws, Drills, Bevell Mills, Angle Grinders, Metal Nibblers, and Cleco Fasteners to name a few.

If your property is damaged or stolen, your business cannot operate effectively.

General property insurance can help you keep operating effectively.

It can provide needed funds to replace your tools such as Guillotines, Beam Lines, MIG and stick welders, Lathes, Metal Cutting Saws, Drills, Bevell Mills, Angle Grinders, Metal Nibblers, and Cleco Fasteners …. and help keep you in business.

Commercial motor insurance for self-employed steel fabricators *

Commercial motor insurance should be considered for riggers & steel fabricators that drive their vehicle from site to site. Light trucks, vans and Utes may be covered.

Plant & Equipment Insurance for  steel fabrication businesses*

Plant & Equipment Insurance may provide cover for owners of steel fabricator businesses that operate equipment such as Plate rolls , Shears, Turret punch , Shrinker Stretches , bench Top Budget Brakes, Bracker Makers ,Cranes and Forklifts.

Cover may provide steel fabricators with protection for theft, damage, consequential loss, liability, road risk and machinery breakdown.

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What are the costs steel fabricator Public Liability Insurance?*

How much does public liability insurance cost for self-employed steel fabricators?*

Key factors in determining how much Public Liability insurance will cost a steel fabricator include:

  • The nature and scope of the rigger or steel fabricator business. For example, the type of work performed by the steel fabricators.
  • The business turnover and size. For example, is the rigger & steel fabricator a sole trader that does 100% of the work themselves, or do they employee a team of 12 employees and subbies?
  • Amount of insurance cover the steel fabricator business needs. Liability starts with $5 million cover, $10 million is popular with many self-employed contractors, $20 million cover is needed for steel fabricators that work for large companies, on commercial sites or have a team of employees.

Public liability insurance cost for a self-employed riggers & steel fabricators with no previous claims, starts from around $1650* or $160 per month for $5 million Public Liability Insurance.

*** Please note ***: While cheap Public Liability Insurance can seem attractive on the surface it is important to ensure the policy covers you for the full business activities you undertake, and that the insurance policy and company will respond as intended when there is a claim. Costs may differ greatly from the above based on the steel fabricators business size, clients, experience, and business activities. For many steel fabricators, that perform commercial or structural work or that have employees, costs will be a lot higher.

Do I need business insurance to work as a self-employed steel fabricator in Australia?*

Self-employed fabricators, or owners of steel fabrication businesses , subcontracting for builders will typically be required by the builder to obtain their own public liability insurance to get on site. This is typical for contractors working for builders throughout Australia.

Many small business owners, and even retail clients, will also ask to see proof of a steel fabricator’s insurance cover, called a certificate of currency, prior to awarding them work and ask for an update each year.

As a self-employed steel fabricator, suitable business insurance may provide credibility and valuable protection against the cost of a claim too.

Key steel fabricator activities that may be able to be covered include:*

  • Mark cutting and bending lines.
  • Set up metalwork machinery, including rollers, drill presses, flame cutters, brakes and shears.
  • Fabricate and construct metal components.
  • Grind and finish completed products.

Why do steel fabricators need tools insurance?*

Steel fabricators need tool insurance as tools are the lifeblood of steel fabricators.

They help steel fabricators just like you to complete work on time, and to deliver quality workmanship.

Steel fabricators have a large number of tools compared to many other trades. And good tools are expensive. If they break or are stolen, it can impact your ability to get the job done or cost you thousands to replace.

Without tool insurance, you may have to dig into your own savings or borrow money to get the tools replaced or repaired.

Different types of steel fabricators that may be able to be covered: *

  • Industrial Metal Fabrication. Industrial metal fabrication is used to create parts of tools and equipment.
  • Structural Metal Fabrication. …
  • Commercial Metal Fabrication.

Why should steel fabricators use an insurance broker in Australia? *

If you are a steel fabricator deciding on whether to use an insurance broker for your business insurance, it is important to consider that brokers act in the interests of the self-employed steel fabricator.

Direct insurers and agents act for the insurer. This can be important; especially if you need to claim.

Brokers can help rigger or steel fabricators by sourcing competitive quotes on policy inception, negotiate with the insurance companies to prevent or limit increases on renewal, remarket your policy to other suitable insurance companies where appropriate, talk to underwriters about policy wordings, industry classifications and terms, talk to insurance assessors during the claims process and repairers where necessary.

How do I get a steel fabricators insurance quote?*

Simply TALK to a SMART Business Insurance broker on 1300 542 573 or contact us online for suitable and affordable public liability and business insurance quotes for your steel fabrication  business.