“Excavation” is defined as any earthwork, trench, and well, shaft, tunnel or underground working, or more commonly known/associated with work on property foundations.
It was recorded that between 1997 and 2002 there were 37 fatalities directly caused by the ground collapsing during excavation works. This was due to either the lack of support of the sides of excavations or an unsafe system of work. In almost all the fatal accidents, death was caused by suffocation due to the weight of the soil collapse: one cubic metre of soil weighs approximately one tonne. It is therefore essential that the hazards and risks of groundwork’s and excavations are recognised, and that safe systems of work are in place to eliminate and reduce accidents.
It is therefore vital, as well as a legal requirement to ensure that not only do you have the correct risk assessments in place, but also an insurance policy to cover you in the event of fatality or property damage.
High risk liability insurance for excavation contractors is often expensive and difficult to find. Arranging adequate and competitively priced excavation insurance has never been more critical, and securing access to a dependable source of this high risk insurance cover is highly prized.
At Goldcrest, we understand the risks involved in excavation work and our liability Insurance team has the experience needed to ensure you receive the best advice and cover for your business. We go to the leading UK’s insurers on your behalf, leaving you safe in the knowledge that you will get the cover you need at the right price, without the hassle of ringing around. We pride ourselves in taking the time to fully understand our client’s needs, ensuring you get the right policy for you or your business.
General cover you should expect from use and your policy are:
- Public Liability Insurance
- Employers Liability Insurance
- Instant Documentation
However speak to a member of our team, should you require optional extensions such as:
- Contract Works / Contractors All Risk Insurance
- Tools cover
- And many more