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Discuss Public liability insurance? in the Insurance for Electricians area at ElectriciansForums.co.uk.

  1. bluesky

    bluesky Electrician's Arms

    if i am running a home based electrician business, is Public Liability Insurance really necessary?

    'Public Liability Insurance Cover should be considered if members of the public, clients or customers visit your premises. If you run a home-business, and customers sometimes visit you there, public liability cover might also be a good idea.'

    if i work at home, the possibility of clients visiting me is very slim! also i dont think anything at home can be harmful to visitors!

    also i am asking the difference between 'Public Liability Insurance' and 'professional indemnity insurance', are they the same thing?

    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 28, 2016
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  3. Amp David

    Amp David Trusted Advisor

    Whats happens if one does visit, then on their way out trips over a door thresh hold and brakes an arm?
  4. acat

    acat Guest

    You dont have to have it but if you dont one claim against you could cost you everything you own is it worth that risk when you consider the cost of peace of mind.

  5. bluesky

    bluesky Electrician's Arms

    i understand that for most small business it is definately important, but for an self-employed electrician i just dont see any chance of a client's visiting
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  7. acat

    acat Guest

    Do you do all your work at home:confused: what happens if you are working at a customers house and you drill through a water pipe causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

  8. patricklondon

    patricklondon Regular EF Member

    London SW16
    you need it to be registered as a domestic installer
  9. bluesky

    bluesky Electrician's Arms

    right, i see, so it is important....

    so which insurance provider is a good one? how much appoximately does it cost?

    also for professional indemnity insurance?
  10. JASON

    JASON Electrician's Arms

    Button Pressing
    Public liability covers you for actual damage or injury etc to others.

    Professional covers you for your "expert opinion" eg, you PIR a property which you deem as safe but someone gets a shock from something etc etc.
  11. Amp David

    Amp David Trusted Advisor

    Its needed to cover yourself whilst working in other people properties.
  12. bluesky

    bluesky Electrician's Arms


    if i only do installation, no inspection involved, can i ignore professional indemnity insurance?
  13. acat

    acat Guest

    Yes you can ignore professional providing you are not giving advise.

  14. holte end74

    holte end74 Active EF Member

    how much would a electrician expect to pay for public liability insurence?
  15. D80

    D80 Guest

    For a sole trader in region of £50-100 a year for 2M of cover
  16. darkwood

    darkwood Dreams in which I'm dying are the best I ever had. Staff Member

    West Yorkshire
    i dont have prof' indemnity as my public liabilty should cover all my situations, but if i was to tell the customer that they can carry on using a machine and it safe to do so even though they are concerned about something then the machine as a result of my advice broke-down or injured someone then i would need it, but if someone was injured etc while i was working on it then public liability would cover me, so it comes down to always been over cautious just i case and never saying something can be run or used until you have fully weighed up the situe.
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