Many painters, even those who work from home, do not carry insurance for their work vehicles. While it’s true that liability coverage is mandatory for transporting persons and damage from accidents, there are many other benefits offered by different insurance companies that might be worth the additional expense.
If you are working with painting contractors or other painters, you likely have a lot of different clients that need to use your vehicle. If one of them accidentally runs into your car while you’re working on their property, they may sue you for damages.
However, general liability insurance covers the damages that happen to others as a result of your negligence. If you’ve got the right coverage, this coverage will protect you in most instances.
Workplace Safety Insurance: A lot of employers offer their employees the option to purchase liability and workplace insurance to protect themselves and other employees on the job. Although this type of policy does not cover your vehicle, it covers similar risks that could be faced at the worksite.
For example, if there is a natural disaster or explosion on the job site, you may find that your employer will have to pay medical expenses for any employee injured on the job. Commercial Insurance: If you run a commercial painting business, you may be required by state law to carry some type of commercial insurance coverage.
Not all commercial insurance policies will cover all of the risks associated with a painting business, however. For example, not every company will include theft in their insurance policies.
If you own and operate an industrial painting company, this coverage will typically cover theft that occurs during doing business as well as any damage caused by an employee who is not paid for their work. If your state requires this type of coverage, it’s important to know which commercial insurance companies offer this type of coverage.
Workers’ Compensation Coverage: This type of insurance protects you and your employees if an employee is injured while at work. Typically, workers’ compensation coverage pays wages and medical bills as well as other benefits to injured employees.
This type of insurance is typically required by most states as well as the federal government. In addition, certain employers are allowed to provide workers’ compensation coverage to their employees under their policy. This is often a good idea if you run a business that uses chemicals or dangerous equipment.
Physical Damage Coverage: Perhaps the most important element of your painters insurance is the protection that it provides against liability and physical damage. This coverage pays medical and dental bills for your employees as well as protects them from damage due to falls, sprains, and other accidents.
This includes both on-the-job injuries as well as those that occur off the job. It’s important to note that this does not protect against liability exposure. In addition, it will not cover workers’ compensation exposure and other work-related injuries that are the result of working on the job.