Beazley launches specialist design build liability insurance
Beazley has launched a comprehensive professional liability insurance offering designed to meet the needs of construction contractors and design/build firms in Canada.
Design Build provides comprehensive first- and third-party liability cover including full access to Beazley's market-leading breach response team, BBR Services, in the event of a cyber or data breach.
The policy covers firms' costs to rectify defects arising out of work carried out by themselves or their subcontractors and for emergency pollution clean-ups that occur during the course of the building work.
Third-party liability coverage protects policyholders against claims arising from design work done either by their team or a sub-contractor. In addition to contractor's pollution liability, transportation pollution and non-owned site pollution are included in the policy as well as coverage for mould and technology and advertising.
The cover is available to Canada-domiciled firms on a primary and excess basis.
Coverage enhancements also include:
• Consent to settlement (softened hammer) clause - enables Beazley and insured to equally share costs incurred after insurer settles a claim
• Asbestos and lead paint coverage
• Mediation credit
• Definition of insured - to also include licensed or similarly qualified professionals
• Waiver of subrogation against the insured's clients here contractually required
• Worldwide territorial coverage for Canadian domiciled firms
With the threat of a cyber-attack now a reality for all organisations, Design Build provides firms that suffer a breach with access to BBR Services' team of cyber breach professionals to assist at every stage of an incident investigation and breach response.
Nancy Brady, Beazley underwriter and product lead, said: "Over three decades of underwriting liabilities for building and design firms, Beazley has developed a deep understanding of the liabilities that design professionals and construction contractors face. In Canada, and globally, we help firms of all sizes, from sole proprietors to some of the country's largest design firms, to manage the evolving risks they face. Bringing together underwriting, claims and risk management expertise across cyber, pollution and construction risk, the Design Build coverage provides extensive coverage to protect contractors and design/build firms in today's highly regulated and often litigious environment."