Large gum trees in residential areas pose a threat to life and property

Large gum trees in residential areas pose a threat to life and property

Like most people I am all for protecting the environment and greening our towns and cities but we do need to balance this with the risk to life and property. Today in much of South East Australia strong winds are again forecast. As a child growing up in Brisbane I always thought of August as Kite month. While the weather is great for kites it […]

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Beware harsh exclusions that turn the policy into junk insurance

Beware harsh exclusions that turn the policy into junk insurance

Over the past few years more and more claims have been brought to my attention where the client cannot believe that their claim has been denied. The cases that I refer to are ones where the claim has been denied for faulty workmanship, faulty design or faulty products/materials and there is no write back provision for subsequent damage to the property from a peril not […]

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Why insurance will not meet the cost of removing and replacing non-conforming building materials

Why insurance will not meet the cost of removing and replacing non-conforming building materials

The vast majority of insurance policies that insure buildings and or the liability that may arise from owning or occupying one, contain a number of standard exclusions found across the entire market that specifically exclude claims arising from faulty workmanship, faulty materials and or faulty design. These policies include but are not limited to residential home, residential and commercial strata, contract works, industrial special risks […]

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CCTV as a risk management tool – A case study

CCTV as a risk management tool – A case study

On Monday morning, 15th July, we arrived at work to find that part of our signage had been stolen off the front of our building. It was not only the loss of the sign that frustrated me but as so often happens the cost of repairing the damage, here the wiring to the led lights that back lit the sign would be more than the […]

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Government help for non-conforming cladding but at what cost

Government help for non-conforming cladding but at what cost

It has been reported today in The Age that the bill to fix hundreds of private buildings around Victoria covered in highly flammable cladding will be in part picked up by the State Government , as announced by Premier Daniel Andrews. The cost to rectify the problem is expected to initially run to $600 million. What the end cost will be is anybody’s guess. While […]

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Victoria follows Queensland and NSW on PI insurance for Building Consultants

Victoria follows Queensland and NSW on PI insurance for Building Consultants

The Victorian Government has lowered the insurance requirements for building professionals operating in this State. In effect, it means that the requirement on Building Practitioner’s to have NO exclusion in respect of non-conforming building materials has been done away with. What disappoints me is that some insurers were taking, what to me was, a very fair approach and only excluding known non-conforming building materials. With […]

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An Enquiry into the construction industry is long overdue

An Enquiry into the construction industry is long overdue

The long list of failures to deliver safe buildings continues to grow following the fires in high rise buildings with non conforming building materials, the walkway collapse between the Alluvian building and West Australia Square in Perth and the severe cracking in several buildings in New South Wales. Add to this the ever increasing list of faulty products being imported into Australia including electrical wiring […]

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Increases in NSW ESL leads to expected drop in insurance protection

Increases in NSW ESL leads to expected drop in insurance protection

It has already started to happen. Over the past week I have been contacted by both insureds and brokers advising that they/their clients have elected to drop business interruption or elect not to fully insure due to the increased financial burden created by the massive increase in Emergency Services Levy. I try and explain the risk that the business is taking on by not insuring […]

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When to appoint a claims preparer? The earlier the better

When to appoint a claims preparer? The earlier the better

After handling claims as a claims preparer now for over 20 years full time one bit of advice above all others stands out. That is that the earlier a competent expert is appointed to assist the Insured mitigate their loss and quantify and present their claim, the better. So often, we are only engaged many months after the event, often when the Indemnity Period has […]

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Charges on top of charges when it comes to ESL

Charges on top of charges when it comes to ESL

As readers will know I have been quite vocal regarding the New South Wales government’s decision to renege on their commitment to remove the Emergency Service’s Levy from insurance. With the fire services, many of us think that anyone paying the emergency services levy receives the services of the fire brigades for free. This is not the case. If the site contains toxic chemicals or […]

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