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Welders insurance

Welder business insurance NZ

Welders insurance is a specially designed insurance package tailored for individuals and businesses engaged in welding. It encompasses various insurance types to cover potential risks and liabilities that welders may face. It's not just a single policy but a combination of different insurances that can protect a welder from potential financial burdens caused by accidents, damages, or legal actions.

Why is welders insurance important? 

Welding, while indispensable, involves certain inherent risks. From potential injuries to property damages, a single mishap can lead to substantial costs. Welders insurance is pivotal to protect welders from these unforeseen financial consequences, ensuring they can continue their craft without the worry of potential setbacks.

In New Zealand, the average cost of welders insurance typically ranges between $150 – $300 per month. 

It’s crucial to have welder coverage if your business:

  • Operates heavy welding machinery
  • Contracts for large-scale projects
  • Employs multiple welders
  • Works in diverse welding environments

What insurance covers are typically included in welders insurance? 

Public Liability

This policy covers common welding 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 welding 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 welding tools and equipment 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

How much does welders insurance cost?

Welders insurance premiums are calculated on several different factors including:

  • Types of cover
  • Turnover
  • Location 
  • Claims History 

Welders insurance in NZ typically costs between $150 to $300 per month

Who needs welders insurance?

Welders insurance isn’t limited to just large businesses. If you’re an individual welder, a contractor, or a company that employs welders, you should consider Welders insurance. This includes:

  • Independent contractors taking on welding jobs.
  • Small businesses specializing in welding services.
  • Larger enterprises with welding as a part of their operations.
  • Educational institutions teaching welding.

Absolutely. Welders insurance is not a one-size-fits-all. Depending on your specific needs and concerns, Gerrards can help tailor a package that suits your unique requirements.

The frequency of your welding doesn’t negate the risks involved. Even if you weld occasionally or part-time, you’re exposed to potential accidents or liabilities. Insurance can be tailored based on the scale and frequency of your operations.

How do I get a welders insurance quote? 

We understand the unique needs of welders in New Zealand. Leveraging our extensive industry knowledge and partnerships, we provide comprehensive welders insurance quotes from the top insurers in the country. Entrust us with your requirements, and we’ll ensure you receive the most competitive and tailored coverage options available.

To obtain a welders insurance quote we may require you to provide some fundamental details about your business, such as:

  • The name of your business
  • The total number of employees
  • Predicted annual income
  • Years of experience in the industry

How do I get proof of welders insurance?

You can usually get proof of welders insurance same day when you purchase insurance through Gerrards.

Acquiring a welders insurance certificate from traditional insurance brokers may require a few weeks, a delay that could create problems for policyholders who need instant insurance proof for an imminent contract or project. We can typically provide a welders insurance certificate within 48 hours. 

To obtain insurance coverage promptly, contact one of our welding insurance brokers. 

What does welders insurance not cover?

Intentional Damages

Welders insurance won’t step in if damages were deliberately inflicted. This means if there’s evidence that damage or harm was caused on purpose rather than by accident, the insurance won’t cover the associated costs.

Contractual Liabilities

When you sign contracts, you might be agreeing to take on specific liabilities. Welders insurance won’t automatically cover these unless explicitly mentioned in the policy. Before signing any contract, it’s wise to have it reviewed and ensure you’re protected.

Known Issues

Transparency is key. If you’re aware of an existing risk or potential damage and do not disclose it when purchasing or renewing your insurance, any claims related to that known issue might be denied.

Other common questions about welders insurance

Absolutely! Many insurance providers offer flexibility to adjust your coverage based on your changing needs. It might involve some administrative steps, but it’s generally feasible.

Regardless of whether welding is a profession or a hobby, the risks remain. If you’re undertaking significant projects, even for personal pleasure, consider having coverage to protect against unforeseen mishaps.

While Welders insurance might not be a strict legal requirement, some local regulations or client contracts could necessitate it. Always check local requirements and client expectations.

Many providers offer discounts based on various factors. This could be for maintaining a safe workspace, undergoing regular safety training, or even bundling multiple insurance policies together. It’s always a good idea to discuss potential discounts with your broker or provider.

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