As a professional plumber, you put a lot of care and attention into your work. But over the course of the countless jobs you might do, there is always the chance that something could go wrong. And in the event of a bodily injury or damage to someone’s property, that could have serious consequences for your business.

Fortunately, our plumber’s insurance can help in these situations. With cover that’s tailored to your specific work activities, you’ll have the protection and peace of mind you need.

Our plumber’s business insurance can be extended and tailored to cover:

  • Individual plumbers, if you are self-employed, or several employees
  • Plumbing work conducted at a range of property types, including domestic, commercial and hazardous locations
  • Personal injuries that occur while carrying out plumbing jobs
  • Equipment that your business uses, with our tradesman's tool insurance policy against theft or damage
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Plumbers liability insurance

Hiscox public liability insurance for self-employed plumbers and plumbing companies will protect against the cost of settling or defending a claim from a member of the public, should your business has cause bodily injury or property damage. In your line of trade, interacting with or working in close proximity to members of the public is part of the day-to-day. Whether you are called into homes or commercial buildings there is always a risk that your work will result in an accident.

A liability policy includes cover for claimants seeking compensation from your business. Without the right insurance in place this could be an expensive, time-consuming and disruptive situation.

More about Hiscox Public Liability Insurance, or if you want more information on how this type of cover can benefit your trade, please browse our Public Liability FAQs.
For professionals in this trade, liability insurance is one of the most important considerations, understanding the benefits of this policy can be important to protecting your livelihood.

Employers’ liability insurance for plumbers

Do you employ other people in your plumbing business? If so, there’s always a chance that they could become injured or ill because of something that happens at work. This could result in them taking legal action to seek compensation from you. And if you were exposed for breaking health and safety regulations, you could be prosecuted.

Employer’s liability insurance can give you the protection you need in these situations, potentially covering the cost of defending or settling legal cases. However, it’s worth noting that this kind of plumber’s insurance only covers your employees, and it doesn’t protect you personally.

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Do I need both public liability + employers’ liability insurance?

If you employ one or more members of staff, your business is legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. Public liability insurance is not required legally, but many businesses that serve members of the public think that this kind of plumber’s liability insurance is essential. It’s worth noting that your employees are not covered by public liability insurance.

What is the difference between employers’ & public liability insurance

Professional indemnity insurance for plumbers

For a lot of plumbers, no two days are the same. The clients, buildings, and problems you work with are always changing, so you need to be covered against all eventualities. If a client claims there is a problem with the work you have done for them, you may have to defend yourself in court. This could be where a client alleges you have given incorrect advice or made a mistake that is expensive to fix.

This is where our professional indemnity insurance can help. It could cover the costs of defending or settling a court case against you, while helping to minimise any interruption to your day-to-day business.

For example, our plumber’s business insurance provides cover for:

  • Negligence or breach of duty of care – making a mistake in your work or giving bad advice
  • Disputes caused by your breach of a duty of care referred under the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996
  • Criminal defence costs relating to a regulation or statute which applies to your business, such as the CDM regulations
  • Infringement of intellectual property rights – for example using content from a website or publication without permission
  • Breach of confidence – sharing confidential or sensitive information without consent
  • Negligent misstatement or misrepresentation – making a mistake or error when providing information
  • Civil liability – if a claim occurs because of your business activity for a client and we haven’t specifically excluded it, it’s covered.

More information about Hiscox Professional Indemnity Insurance

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Personal Accident insurance for plumbers

Our personal accident insurance is designed to support you, as a business owner, if you or a key employee are unable to work due to an accidental bodily injury. The sudden loss of a member of staff could have a significant detrimental effect on your business. This plumber’s insurance policy can help protect against the financial impact by providing your business with a lump sum or weekly amount up to the limit of your cover.

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Cyber & Data insurance for plumbers

As a plumber, computers might not be an integral part of your business, but you probably still use them for record-keeping or appointment-booking. If you do, there is always the risk of being attacked by a hacker or experiencing a data leak. In these situations, cyber and data insurance could be very helpful. This kind of plumber’s insurance protects you against potential legal and recovery costs in the event of an incident, while providing you with year-round peace of mind.

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