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Landscaping Services Insurance

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Landscaping services insurance for your business needs.

As a landscaper, you probably spend most of your day out with clients. While you’re on the road, the last thing you want on your mind is your insurance coverage. However, there are many reasons why a basic business insurance package just isn’t enough. A broad landscaping services insurance program needs to take everything into consideration. That includes your equipment, your employees, and your specialized risk.

Go beyond basic general liability.

Every business has the potential to harm, damage, or injure another business or person. That’s why businesses need general liability insurance. However, it’s not so simple for landscapers. This is because the bulk of work performed is on your clients’ properties. Your employees could damage a patio, deck, or other expensive structure. Your client could trip over equipment left out on the lawn. Chemicals like herbicides could create a hazardous spill or injure someone. Also, if you subcontract any work, you can be held liable for damage subcontractors do as well.

Umbrella insurance can provide greater coverage.

In the case of significant damage to property or serious injury to a non-employee, there’s a high risk of being sued. Defense of lawsuits can be quite costly. If damages are awarded to the other party, a large enough sum could exceed the limits of your standard liability policy. A commercial umbrella insurance policy provides additional coverage with higher limits and typically broader coverage. This coverage extends not only over your general liability policy but also many other coverages as well.

 

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Don’t leave your equipment unprotected.

Your landscaping business uses specialized and expensive equipment. Your tools and machinery are also commonly moved from job site to job site. This increases the risk that they could be damaged or stolen. Without it, you can’t perform your work. Your insurance policies need to properly help protect your high-value items in case they need to be replaced or repaired.

Workers’ compensation insurance for landscapers is a must.

Workers’ compensation insurance is mandatory but the specifics can vary in different locales. Given the physical nature of your work as a landscaper, the proximity to chemicals, and the skill necessary to use certain equipment, there’s increased risk your employees could become injured or even killed on the job. Having adequate workers’ compensation coverage in place helps protect your business and your employees. Your insurance company must also be aware of the locations of job sites so that policies are accurate and inclusive.

Hauling your equipment requires business auto insurance.

Your employees are driving all over town to work at different locations throughout the day. There could be other employees in the vehicle with them or they could be carrying equipment. In addition to pickup trucks and vans, you may also have dump trucks, riding mowers, excavators, and other vehicles in use. Your business auto insurance policy must include coverage for all the vehicles that your business owns.

Hauling your equipment requires business auto insurance.

Your employees are driving all over town to work at different locations throughout the day. There could be other employees in the vehicle with them or they could be carrying equipment. In addition to pickup trucks and vans, you may also have dump trucks, riding mowers, excavators, and other vehicles in use. Your business auto insurance policy must include coverage for all the vehicles that your business owns.

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Environmental Insurance

Risk Factor

Could your business cause damage to the environment? If so, are you covered?

Solution

Environmental insurance provides protection if an environmental catastrophe occurs.

Commercial General Liability

Risk Factor
Water on the floor, slippery entry in the winter, broken glass/hazardous debris, etc. These are all accidents waiting to happen that make your business susceptible. Claims may arise due to bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, and more.
Solution
Commercial general liability insurance is an absolute necessity for any business. It provides broad coverage when you are deemed responsible and liable, and will also pay to defend any covered lawsuit or action regardless of its merit.

Workers’ Compensation

Risk Factor

If one of your employees receives an injury or becomes ill due to a work-related occurrence, you are required by law to have the proper insurance coverage in place.

Solution

Maintain workers’ compensation insurance to provide benefits to eligible employees. Otherwise, you can be penalized for every day that coverage is not maintained, as well as for any benefits an employee would have been eligible for in the event of a job-related injury or sickness.

Commercial Property Insurance

Risk Factor
When a gas tank explosion causes an uncontrollable fire, your commercial property and everything within it can suffer a significant loss. This can have a detrimental effect on your repair shop business.
Solution
Commercial property insurance can help protect the property your business owns or leases, including things like equipment, inventory, furniture, and fixtures. Whether you own your building or lease your workspace, commercial property insurance can be purchased separately or can be combined with other necessary coverage to protect your business’ physical assets.

Equipment Failure

Risk Factor

There is a high risk of equipment breakdown in the brewery business. When machines don’t work, beer can’t be brewed. You lose valuable time and profits while repairs are being made.

Solution

Mechanical breakdown is typically not covered under a commercial property insurance policy. Rather, obtaining systems breakdown coverage addresses this exposure.

Hold Harmless / Additional Insureds

Risk Factor
If you are performing as a contractor on a construction project where other contractors and vendors are involved, you could be held liable for any damages or injuries caused by the other contractors or vendors, leaving you with costly legal fees and settlement costs. Your business needs to be protected against the risk of some other company, vendor or subcontractor causing damage to people or property of your mutual customer.
Solution

Consider having a contract in place with each entity that includes a hold harmless agreement in your favor. A hold harmless agreement provides that the entity will hold you harmless for any injuries or damage caused by their negligence. In addition, the contract should require that the entity list you as an additional insured on their policy. This may provide you with coverage under their policy for injuries or damage they cause if you are named in a lawsuit.

Commercial Umbrella / Excess Insurance

Risk Factor

Losses and lawsuits are quite common in the construction business, and settlements can be substantial. If your business is found to be responsible for damage or injury on the job site, you could be facing a large liability loss that exceeds the basic limits of your standard policy.

Solution

You should consider purchasing a commercial umbrella insurance policy which provides higher limits, typically between $2,000,000 and $10,000,000, and often broadened coverages. Coverage is extended over various policies, including general liability insurance, business auto, and directors and officers liability insurance.

Business Auto Insurance

Risk Factor

An auto accident can cause bodily injury or property damage to others for which you are responsible, potentially putting your business in financial jeopardy.

Solution

Business auto insurance provides coverage for vehicles owned or leased by a commercial enterprise and provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and other coverages, and includes both comprehensive and collision coverage.