The important words here are:
- Bodily Injury
- Property Damage
Bodily Injury – A member of the public enters the policy holder’s factory and slips on some sawdust which has been left on the factory floor.
Property Damage – A policy holder is moving some timber on an unregistered forklift and backs into a customer’s car.
These are examples of straight forward claims.
However, what would happen if a fabricator was asked to design and manufacture some roof trusses and after they were delivered they were found to be incorrectly designed and could not be installed?
As you will see from the “important words” above there is no Bodily Injury nor is there any Property Damage and as a result the Public & Products Liability policy cannot respond.
The customer is annoyed as there is a hold up on the project which will result in an economic or financial loss for them. Therefore, they take action against the Fabricator for recovery of their financial loss. As detailed above the standard Public & products policy will not cover pure economic or financial loss claims only and as such there is no protection under a standard policy.
FTMA has an arrangement with AB Phillips who have a solution for this and similar scenarios. AB Phillips have an option where FTMA members can extend their Public & Products Liability policy to claims for Financial Loss. Clearly this is a significant exposure for Fabricators and the like and it is examples like that above where it is vital for Members to have adequate insurance protection.
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