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The increasing role of crane insurance

Marc Crossman, UAA’s Group Strategy and Distribution Manager explores the role of crane insurance in project bidding, what contractors need to know about insurance and how crane businesses can add value through insurance.

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The Importance of Insurance in Project Bidding

In the competitive landscape of crane and lifting operations, the importance of insurance coverage cannot be overstated. It’s not just about meeting legal requirements, having comprehensive insurance coverage is a key differentiator in contractor selection. When lead contractors evaluate potential sub-contractors, they look for signs of professionalism and reliability, and a well-structured insurance plan speaks volumes. It assures them that the contractor is not only aware of the inherent risks in crane operations but is also proactive in managing them. 

Insurance Coverage – What Contractors Need to Know

When it comes to crane operations, one size does not fit all in terms of insurance coverage. There are several types of insurance that contractors need to consider, including machinery damage, general liability, property damage and workers’ compensation. Each of these plays a vital role in providing a safety net against various risks associated with crane operations. Tailoring these policies to align with specific project risks is crucial. For example, a project involving crane operations in densely populated urban areas may require higher liability coverage due to the increased risk of property damage or injury. Similarly, a project with unique environmental challenges may necessitate additional coverage. It’s important to conduct a thorough cost versus benefit analysis when choosing insurance coverage. While it may be tempting to opt for lower premiums, inadequate coverage can lead to substantial financial losses in the event of an accident or lawsuit. Investing in comprehensive insurance can be cost-effective in the long run, safeguarding the business’s financial health and reputation. 

Beyond the Basics – Adding Value through Insurance

 For crane operations, insurance is not just a necessary line item—it’s a strategic asset that adds tangible value to a business. One of the most significant ways it does this is by enhancing client trust. When a contractor presents a comprehensive insurance portfolio, it demonstrates a commitment to safety and responsibility. This level of professionalism goes a long way in building and maintaining trust with clients, which is invaluable in fostering long-term business relationships. Consider insurance as a unique selling proposition in a competitive market. In an industry where contractors often have similar technical capabilities and pricing structures, a robust insurance package can be the differentiator that sets a company apart. It shows prospective clients that the contractor is forward-thinking and diligent about risk management, making them a more attractive choice.

 Insurance can also play a vital role in contract negotiations. Contractors with thorough insurance coverage often find themselves in a stronger position during contract discussions. It can provide leverage when stipulating terms, as it reassures all parties that risks are well-managed and liabilities are covered. This not only streamlines the negotiation process but also enhances the contractor’s reputation as a reliable and conscientious partner. Finally, it’s important to recognise the role of insurance in workforce morale and retention. Employees who know that their employer has comprehensive insurance feel more secure and valued. This can lead to higher job satisfaction, lower turnover rates, and a more committed workforce. In turn, this contributes to higher productivity and a stronger company culture, which are critical factors in the success of any business. 


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