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Carpenter’s Business Insurance in New Zealand is a critical aspect of owning and operating a successful carpentry business. Without proper coverage, businesses expose themselves to a multitude of risks that could result in serious financial losses. If you’re ready to get your carpentry business insured, you can contact us right away at Gerrards Insurance Brokers for a quote. Or if you’d like to gather more information, continue reading as we delve into the ins and outs of carpenter insurance.

Why Do Carpenters Need Insurance?

Operating a carpentry business carries a range of potential risks, from accidental property damage to liability claims, and theft. With carpenter insurance, you are financially safeguarded against these unexpected incidents, ensuring your business continues to operate smoothly.

Essential Components of Carpenter Insurance

Public Liability

This policy covers common business risks including bodily injuries, customer property damage, and advertising injuries. It’s required for most commercial leases.

Best For
  • Business Accident Coverage
  • Third-party Damages
  • Legal Cost Protection

Statutory Liability

This cover is a type of protection that helps people or businesses cover costs if they accidentally break certain laws or regulations.

Best For
  • Unintentional breaches protection
  • Legal costs
  • Fines and penalties

Business Vehicle Insurance

Protects vehicles used for work purposes. It covers accidents, damages, and injuries related to the vehicle while it’s being used for business and personal activities.

Best For
  • Repair costs
  • Third party damages
  • Injuries 

Loss of use

Coverage that helps when your vehicle is unusable due to an accident. It covers the cost of a temporary replacement vehicle, so you can still get around while your car is being repaired.


Best For
  • Temporary vehicle
  • Reimbursement expenses
  • Accident downtime

Tool Insurance

Safeguards your tools against unexpected events, like burglary or accidental damage, ensuring you won’t have to bear the financial burden of replacing them.

Best For
  • Burglary protection 
  • Accidental damage protection
  • Anywhere in New Zealand cover

Employment Disputes

This insurance in NZ covers legal costs and other expenses arising from disagreements between employees and their employers.

Best For
  • Mediation costs
  • Legal expenses
  • Settlement fees

Real-World Carpenter Insurance Claims Examples

The necessity of carpenter insurance is best illustrated through real-life examples of insurance claims:

Incorrect Materials Used

Public Liability Insurance came to the rescue when a carpenter accidentally used the wrong materials for a project. This was covered under the defective workmanship extension. Do note that for this to apply the work must be completed and handed over to the client before the defect is discovered. 

Painting Damaged

When a valuable painting was accidentally damaged, the carpenter’s Public Liability Insurance covered the cost of repair or replacement.

Equipment Theft

A carpenter’s tools were stolen from their vehicle, a loss that was covered under their Tools/Plant cover, a vital part of their carpenters insurance.

Worksafe Investigation

Following an accident at the worksite, the carpenter’s Statutory Liability Insurance covered legal costs arising from a Worksafe investigation.

Fraudulent Transactions

A carpenter’s Cyber Insurance policy covered losses from unknowingly transferring money into a fraudulent account.

Unlocked Premises

After accidentally leaving a client’s door unlocked, leading to a burglary, the client’s claim for stolen property was covered by the carpenter’s Public Liability Insurance.

Carpenter Insurance: What to Look Out For

While purchasing carpenter insurance, attention must be paid to the following details:

Inclusion of Property Being Worked On or Defective Workmanship

Ensure that this is covered in your Public Liability Policy. Without this you might not have any cover for any any property you are currently working on or the cost to fix work if it is found to be defective. 

Adequate Public Liability Limit

Considering recent claims in New Zealand, even those solely working in the residential space should consider a limit of $2,000,000 or more.

Keys and Locks Cover

This is an essential feature of carpenter insurance that protects you if you lose a key and the locks need to be replaced.

Theft Cover for Tools

Ensure your tool insurance includes cover for theft.

Fraudulent Transactions

Confirm that your cyber policy covers losses from transferring money to a fake account. This is typically found under the social engineering section. 

Cost of Carpenter Insurance

The cost of carpenter insurance can vary widely, with several factors influencing the final premium:

Business Size and Turnover

Larger businesses with more employees and higher turnover usually have higher insurance premiums.


Areas with higher crime rates or natural disaster risks may face higher premiums.

Who is Being Covered

The number and roles of the people covered can affect the cost.

Claims History

A history of insurance claims may lead to higher premiums.

Level and Types of Cover Required

Having a full suite of insurance products such as Public Liability, Statutory Liability, Employment Disputes, Cyber Insurance, Tool Insurance & Vehicle Insurance will cost more than someone who solely has Public Liability Cover for their Carpentry Business. 

At Gerrards Insurance Brokers, we can provide you with an indication of how much insurance will cost for your Carpentry Business. 

Claiming on Your Carpenter Insurance

At Gerrards Insurance Brokers, we understand the stress associated with making a claim. That’s why our dedicated team of experts will handle the claim on your behalf, simplifying the process and ensuring a fair outcome.

Purchasing Carpenter Insurance

Getting the right carpenter insurance is as easy as talking to us at Gerrards Insurance Brokers. We will guide you to the right cover at the best deal.

In Conclusion

Carpenter insurance is a crucial aspect of running a successful carpentry business in New Zealand. At Gerrards Insurance Brokers, we’re here to help you navigate the complexities of carpenter insurance, ensuring you have the coverage that best suits your needs. Contact us today for expert advice or a personalized quote.

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