Contractors’ All Risks Insurance (CAR Policy)

Contractors’ All Risks Insurance (CAR Policy)

What Is the Contractors’ All Risks Insurance/ CAR Policy?

Contractors’ All risks insurance is there to cover all the consequential risks and third-party injuries plus any damages to the properties. Mostly known as CAR policy, the Contractors’ All risks insurance includes mainly the contractor, client and some time subcontractors. Most importantly, the contractor can cover against any unforeseen damage or loss that might occur at the construction stage. apart from that, it Includes all machinery, tools, plants (owned and hired) and any other public liability.

Depending on the contractual requirement and project nature, The contractor can extend or customize Contractors’ all risks insurance. Any other coverages can add covering the third parties such as subcontractors and project consultants (and any assets belongs to them). For renovation and rehabilitation projects, The CAR policy will cover existing structures and adjacent properties etc.

Three main strategies of the contractors’ all risks insurance Policy

Coverage policy of the CAR policy can be divided into three main strategies or categories. they are as follows

  1. Any damage or loss to the property that insured under CAR policy (especially for renovation, rehabilitation projects)
  2. Any business, cash loss due to the “consequential” risks arises from the project. The cause should be consequential.
  3. Any other personal or property damage of a third party. Such as adjacent buildings, subcontractors, suppliers etc. (even though there are third party insurances to cover these third parties, Modern contractors’ all risks insurances cover these type of third party damages)

How the Contractors’ All Risks Insurance work?    

The terms of the contract are the first pillar of virtually any insurance contract. In the absence of the terms of any such agreement, the ability to settle claims can be another complicated and frustrating exercise. In some examples, the lack of the terms of the contract may lead to joint legal action, which may ultimately cost the parties a lot of time and money.

Depending on the terms of the agreement between the parties to the contract, the entire risk insurance of the contractors is designed to cover such parties in case of loss or damage to the insured property due to unintentional and sudden events. Be compensated for such as fire, flood, storm, wind, earthquake, water loss, accidental damage, such as negligence.

There is compensation to third parties, which can be injured while on the construction site. The terms of the agreement come in a variety of forms, most frequently used by the South African construction industry, the Joint Building Contract Committee (JBCC – different versions). Again, depending on a lot of facets, different agreement terms and conditions for different types of agreements.

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Usually, the Contractor buying the CAR policy covering all the stakeholders involved at the site, Client may request from the contractor at tender stage to include any other party or property that they wish to cover under CAR policy. As the policy covers numerous parties, they reserve the right to sue each insurer. However, all parties must notify the insurance company of any injury or loss that may result in the claim.

The purpose of Contractors all risks policy is to make sure all parties involved in a project apart from the nature of damage to the property or who caused the loss. Insurers who accept the policy of this type lose the right to exert pressure. It means that if they pay funds to one party to the agreement, they do not recover the money from the other party to the contract.

For instance, if the contractor and the owner follow the same Contractors’ all risks policy, the owner can recover damages due to the building of the constructor. Though, the insured person can’t make efforts to improve the amount of the contractor. The most common hazards under Contractors all risks policy consist of floods, storms, earthquakes, water damage, and mould, construction blunders and negligence. Usually, they do not cover casual wear and tear, deliberate neglect or little craft. It also provides you coverage over losses and property damages due to fire.

Special Reservations

Contractors’ all risks insurance coverage is extendable for the interests of manufacturers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. The policy is also extendable for the events given below;

  • Airfreight for any urgent material
  • Harmful for nearby property
  • Wreckage removal
  • Additional customs duty
  • Earthquake
  • Price Escalations
  • Damage due to broken glass

You can add them to cover acts of terrorism and to increase the responsibility of third parties.

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3 Main Types of Contracts

Below we have described how contractors all risk is defined under three main types of contracts (used in the construction industry)

1-   JCT contracts

Under JCT contracts, the joint names of the insurance contract and the employer meant to cover ‘all-risks’. Contractors’ all risks insurance Policy should include the materials, Labour, works and the fair cost for debris removal and disposal, But it excludes the cover against war, rebellion, invasions and design defects

“insurance which provides cover against any physical loss or damage to work executed and Site Materials and against the reasonable cost of the removal and disposal of debris and of any shoring and propping of the Works which results from such physical loss or damage.”

2-   FIDIC contracts

Under FIDIC contracts, the liability of the contractor for the works, giving it a genuine interest in the works. In FIDIC 2017 under sub-clause 17.2, it is defined as,

The Contractor shall be liable for any loss or damage caused by the Contractor to the Works, Goods or Contractors’ Documents after the issue of a Taking-Over Certificate. The Contractor shall also be liable for any loss or damage, which occurs after the issue of a Taking-Over Certificate and which arose from an event which occurred before the issue of this Taking-Over Certificate, for which the Contractor was liable

FIDIC-Conditions of Contract for Construction- 2017

Furthermore, FIDIC 2017 is stating that serious of events that contractor is not liable for. Also As per FIDIC 2017 sub-clause 19.1 that the contractor should obtain and maintain all the insurances. All the type of insurances and coverage requirement are mentioned under the sub-clause (19.2 FIDIC 2017).

In FIDIC 1999 These all required insurances are mentioned under clause number 18.

3-   NEC contracts

NEC contracts often drafted differently from other contracts. They consist of the concept of employer and contractor risks/obligation (NEC 3 uses the term ‘risks’, but in NEC 4 it was altered, and ‘Obligations’ used in NEC4 as an alternative). In NEC contracts it is mentioned as CAR policy should only cover plant, material and the works. And any other employer’s risk is not including the policy. Refer NEC 3 -clause no- 84.2 and in NEC 4-clause no 83.3 for more insight.

Types of contractors’ all risks insurance Policy

There are two types of policy given below;

·        Annual Policies: This policy is applicable for 12 months. It is renewed at the term (period). It is a very general form of plan. The policy offers natural sleep situations whereby all contracts are ready through the insurer as automatically charged under conditions and exclusions to such policy.

·        One-off Policies: These are tailor-made and ideally suited policies to significant risks. It requires higher sub-threshold and more “particular” kind words to complete a definitive agreement.

Project-specific policies

The description’ Project Policy’ is usually the policy adopted by the employer, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to meet all of the contractors’ risks and public liability. Project policies are comprehensive and written, covering a specific project. Consequently, they can be written to pose very particular risks.


A subcontractor shall be responsible for any damages to the work of its subcontractor. It all stems from its responsibility to carry out and fulfil the terms of the agreement. Responsibility is responsible for property damage and therefore falls under a policy of damaging property such as a contractors’ All Risks (CAR) policy.


Contractors All Risks policy is very beneficial throughout construction life. It safeguards the contractor against so many risks. Mainly, contractors should include all the parties based on the project nature and assessed risks.   

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