Risks that threaten motor trade business
The dream of every motor trade business owner is to accumulate savings and expand the business. This dream can come true with sound financial management and hard work. There are several risks that constantly threaten your income. You may have safety policies that protect your business against theft, vandalism and destruction of property which are obvious risks in this industry. If you have employees in your business, you have one more reason to worry; health hazards that they are exposed to while on duty. These hazards include:
Particle and chemical exposure
Employees in motor trade business are exposed to dust particles, metal chips, paints, polishes, primers and fillers. This may cause damage to eyes, skin and respiratory tract leading to serious health issues that are subject to compensation claims.
Slips and falls
Mechanics are exposed to slip and falls due to the presence of grease and oils on their working space. This may lead to fractures and permanent disability in case of spine or head injury.
Lifting of heavy auto body parts is common in the auto repair business. You may have invested in lifting devices such as forklift, workers will need to lift some of the parts. This may result in muscle strain, sprain and back health issues.
Cuts and burns
Mechanics work with winches, sprayers, compressors and other equipment containing gears, sprockets and other mechanical components. Mechanical equipment can cause deep cuts, severed digits and burns even if one is wearing protective gears.
After the repair, mechanics are required to carry out a road test to ascertain that the vehicle is fit. If a component of the vehicle is still faulty, it could lead to a fatal accident.
Types of mechanic insurance policy
The following insurance policies are available to protect your hard earned motor trade income:
Public liability- Covers injuries and property damage through accidental slips and falls within your garage and accidents occurring during the road test with the customer’s car.
Workers compensation- Provides compensation to employees in case of injuries and death while at work.
Theft- Provides cover for stolen mechanics’ equipment, tools, cash and customers’ vehicles entrusted to you as a mechanic.
Professional indemnity- This policy protects you from compensation claims filed against you when deals go wrong following your professional advice. For example, when you inspect a car and advise your customer to purchase it only to find that the car had a hidden mechanical problem.
Customer vehicles cover- This mechanic insurance policy is best for those dealing with exotic and high value customers’ cars.