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Don’t Work On Electrical Systems Without Electrician Insurance Coverage

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Whenever there’s a power outage, people panic, flooding utility companies with emergency calls. It’s hard to believe that only 150 years ago, Thomas Edison demonstrated how to harness electricity into an incandescent bulb. Nowadays, we can’t live without electricity – and electricians are the people that make it all happen. You may be proud to provide a vital service to your community, but be careful when it comes to protection. There are potential liabilities and dangers of working in or owning an electrician business, so don’t be shocked 😉 .

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Electrician Risks

Some of the on-the-job risks electricians face include explosions and electrical fires, and, worst of all, electrocution. Even if the electrician survives, he or she could have permanent cardiac repercussions, or burns to internal tissues. There’s also the risk of receiving a minor shock that’s startling enough to encourage a fall off a ladder or cherry picker. Shocks may result in muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting and heart palpitations. Sometimes electricians work on elevated power lines or in confined spaces, which present additional risks.

Because of the dangerous nature of electrical work, and the many things that can go wrong, electricians also face lawsuits. In 2013, two Houston electricians were charged with criminally negligent homicide when a man was electrocuted in a hotel pool. The cause? A short in the pool light the electricians had worked on. Apparently, the electricians failed to install a ground fault circuit interrupter, which would have prevented the death. The man’s family also filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the electric company that contracted with the hotel.

Property damage also leads to lawsuits. In 2009, two laborers were sued in Galveston for improperly installing a loft rental building’s electrical system – which resulted in a fire that gutted the building. Plaintiffs demanded both monetary compensation and a jury trial.

As one can imagine, lawsuits can be heart-rending and disastrous. And they’re even worse for those who are under-insured.

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Don’t Work On Electrical Systems Without Electrician Insurance Coverage

Requirements for Electricians

The State of Texas requires electrical contractors, electrical sign contractors, and residential appliance installation contractors to meet or exceed minimum insurance standards. To receive their electrician certificate of insurance, you must show proof that their general liability policy covers at least $300,000 per occurrence (combined property damage and bodily injury), $600,000 aggregate (total amount the policy will pay for property damage and bodily injury coverage), and $300,000 aggregate for products and completed operation.

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Optional Insurance for Electricians

Professional Liability Insurance – If a client files a negligence claim against you, professional liability insurance defrays your legal costs and pays for damages awarded in civil lawsuits.

Commercial Property Insurance – This type of insurance protects the equipment, tools, and supplies necessary for an electrician to do his or her job. In the case of theft, fire, or vandalism; commercial property insurance helps electricians replace lost equipment.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance – Workers’ comp helps electricians injured in the line of duty pay their medical and hospital bills, missed wages, or, if necessary, funeral costs.

Commercial Auto Insurance – Service vehicles are crucial for transporting an electrician’s equipment. Commercial auto insurance provides coverage for any physical damage your vehicle suffers, and for injuries to the driver and passengers. It can also be used for legal funds related to lawsuits resulting from the vehicular accident.

It’s crucial for electricians to have enough insurance. Many things can go wrong, so protect your business, your reputation, and your income.

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