TORONTO, June 24, 2021 – Northbridge Insurance today released a whitepaper that highlights the top risks facing contractors and ways to mitigate them.
Risks, exposures, and liabilities for contractors have changed over the years, and without the appropriate precautions and coverage, one could be left unprotected if something does go wrong. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of new technology has presented new challenges for the industry.
“What we’re seeing on the insurance side is that smaller contractors are now finding themselves responsible for the work that they do on a project and the general contractor or general construction company is passing down the insurance requirements to the contractor or subcontractor,” says Fred Muldowney-Brooks, Vice President of Risk Services at Northbridge Insurance.
Meanwhile, changes have been introduced by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), requiring contractors to increase their general liability insurance from $5 million to $10 million to cover higher hazard liability risks (such as plumbers faulty workmanship on piping systems, resulting in water damage).
“This is something that five or 10 years ago the construction company would have picked up as part of their construction policy or builder’s risk policy, but that’s all being fed down now,” says Muldowney-Brooks.
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