Public liability insurance is necessary for a diverse range of businesses. This type of insurance can also be beneficial, because of how a business is covered in certain situations.
The higher the potential risk of a third party getting injured or killed on business premises, then the greater the need that business should be covered by public liability insurance. As well as a business being covered, it’s a form of insurance that will ensure that affected members of the public will be too, along with any outside worker who has been injured on business premises. Legal costs and compensation will both be covered by this insurance, and it covers damage to someone’s property.
Places where many people congregate means that there needs to be an insurance that will cover major venues. Buildings that are used for entertainment purposes, such as football stadiums, theatres, cinemas, clubs and concert venues can be considered high risk. Insurance then becomes of major importance, simply because the number of people visiting these places increases the risk of injury.
Shopping centres and pubs are other examples of high risk. While any public place where alcohol is available can increase the possibility of injury regarding members of the public. Any business that copes with sizeable gatherings on its premises will, when covered by insurance, still be expected to make sure that all risks are kept to a minimum. Consequently, exits should be easy to access, and fire alarms should be installed. Failure to do so will not only increase the likelihood of injury and compensation claims, but will reflect badly on the business concerned in the eyes of the public.
Working environments will, of course, always dictate the appropriate type of insurance. Businesses that employ workers who operate machinery, or businesses involved in the chemical industry, for instance, can expect to be thought of as much higher risk than firms who only employ white-collar workers. However, those businesses that are not thought of as high risk should still protect themselves via insurance.
Public liability insurance should always be seen as a priority for businesses. This type of insurance may not seem so important for a small office, but businesses big or small can always be hit by the unexpected. It’s not particularly expensive (for example, some policies can start from just £57 a year), and it could end up saving your business in the event someone is injured (or worse) on your premises.
While any attempt to ignore the risks, and not have this type of insurance in place, could hit the finances of a small to medium business particularly hard when an accident does occur.