Design & Construct Risks

Design and Construction Professional Indemnity
Construction industry professionals such as Contractors and builders who provide design or other professional services in addition to or as part of their construction activities for clients assume the additional responsibilities and liabilities of a design professional. Claims against Design & Construct Contractors almost always involves professional (e.g. design) and non-professional (e.g. workmanship) services. The problem is that where there are two or more proximate causes of a loss and one of those causes is excluded, then legally the entire claim may be excluded!

Why do I need this cover?
Whether or not you provide these professional services in house or engage an external consultant you assume liability to your clients or other parties for claims arising out of injury or loss incurred as a result of a breach of professional duty in the provision of these professional services. Many public and private organisations are becoming increasingly aware of this exposure and are therefore including the requirement for professional indemnity insurance in their design and construct tender documents. Design & Construct firms face significant liability exposures from the multi-disciplinary professional services they provide on a daily basis. Getting it wrong can have catastrophic financial consequences so managing those exposures and purchasing high quality, comprehensive professional indemnity insurance is no longer an option – it’s a necessity for survival. 

The majority of “of the shelf” professional indemnity policies available with Australian Insurers do not always adequately cover such exposures. Your design and construct professional negligence exposure is therefore best insured under a tailored design and construct professional indemnity policy.

Cooper Professional Risks (CPR) specialise in arranging insurance for the construction and engineering industries and have access to more than 20 different sources of professional indemnity insurance. Unlike many of our competitors, they are not aligned with any one particular insurer and therefore can truly act in the client’s best interests.

What am I being covered for?
Professional Indemnity insurance provides essential financial protection for Construction (Design & Construct) consultants against potential losses as contractors increasingly take on design liability either by employing their own in‐house design professionals or by assuming liability where they sub‐contract out the design element. 
Key Exposures are design failure, Inadequate or incorrect advice, design, specification, Inadequate supervision in project management, inappropriate or incorrect certification, lack of experience, poor work documentation, Poor communication with clients.

Who needs this cover?
The types of occupations that can be exposed to the Design and Construct type risks include any Engineering or Architectural risks involving Construction or Project management services, which can include Mining, Oil and Gas Contractors, Civil infrastructure contractors (such as water pipelines, sewers, roads, power), General industrial, Commercial contractors, Customised machinery and equipment designers and manufacturers and even Residential Building contractors.

Who can help?
An insurance broker's role is to act as your representative and work in your interests, seeking the best cover at the best price for you from market knowledge.

Call a good one. Call CPR Insurance on 07 3123 1137 or 0439 530910. Email is enquiries@professionalrisk.com.au.

Liberty Design & Construct Policy Wording 
 

Latest News

CPR joins Ausure

We would like to announce to all our Clients, Prospective Clients, Suppliers and Insurers, that Cooper Professional Risks Pty Ltd trading as CPR Insurance Services, will be leaving National Adviser Services Pty Ltd (NAS) and joining Ausure Pty Ltd as a Corporate Authorised Representative from 5 March 2018.

Fundamentally, there is no difference to you, except our Invoices will look a little different, and the Banking details will be in a different name and account number. Everything else at CPR stays the same.

There are a number of reasons we have made this decision, but the primary reason is for what we believe is best for our clients.

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Special offer to CPR Insurance clients

Employsure are providing a FREE Business Health Check to all our clients and gives you the opportunity to receive an analysis of the health and safety requirements in your workplace. Also. Employsure  will review your employment agreements as well as your wage rates helping you to avoid workplace claims.

Ordinarily this would cost you at least $1,250 but because you are a CPR Insurance client, it is free!

It involves the following review for you.

SAFECHECK

A specialist Work Health and Safety Consultant will visit your workplace and carry out:

A review of your business’ current work health and safety policies, procedures and systems to identify areas of concern or non-compliance

Following the review, you will receive a report summarising the findings and the health and safety

Status of your workplace

WAGE CHECK

A Wages Adviser will review your rates of pay and produce a Wage Check report.

The review will be conducted against the industrial instrument applicable

A report will be supplied advising if the wages are compliant and what steps to take to achieve compliance

CONTRACT REVIEW

A Document Consultant will review an employment agreement and provide recommendations.

The review will highlight compliance issues with the Fair Work Act 2009 as well as best practice

The report will make recommendations to achieve compliance and provide protection to your business.

This will remove any areas of potential dispute and risk

So what do you have to lose? Contact us on 07 3123 1137 and arrange 

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