What does Equipment Breakdown Insurance cover?
It is important to understand the coverage you receive with your equipment breakdown policy. If you hold an older policy, you may want to review it to be sure it covers any new, high-tech equipment you may have purchased.
Typically, the following is covered under an Equipment Breakdown policy:
- Property Damage – Cost to repair or replace damaged equipment due to an accident.
- Off-Premises Property Damage – Covers portable equipment damaged away from the covered location.
- Business Income – Covers the loss of income as a result of a covered accident until equipment is repaired or replaced. Also allows for additional time after repair or replacement to ensure that the business is operating at full capacity.
- Contingent Business Income – Covers income loss after an equipment breakdown at an essential customer or supplier location.
- Extra Expense – Covers additional expenses used to keep the business going after a covered loss, such as equipment rental fees.
- Service Interruption – Covers business income and extra expenses after a breakdown at a supplier with whom the insured has a contract. If no contract exists, the equipment must be located within one kilometre of the insured’s location. Services such as waste disposal, air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, natural gas, compressed air, water, steam, electrical power and communications are often included. Considering the reliance many businesses have on Internet access, it is important to note that this may also cover your loss of business due to a mechanical or electrical breakdown in your ISP’s servers or other equipment. It will not, however, cover non-physical damage such as that caused by computer viruses.
- Perishable Goods – Covers food spoilage, manufactured goods or other perishable items after a covered incident.
- Ordinance or Law – Covers costs associated with complying with building codes and laws (other than demolition).
- Expediting Expense – Covers the temporary or permanent repairs necessary for basic business activity.
- Hazardous Substances – Pays to clean, repair or replace areas that are contaminated by hazardous substances released in a covered loss.
- Data Restoration – Pays for the restoration of lost or damaged data.
- Newly Acquired Locations – Pays for damage to newly acquired locations.
- Errors and Omissions – Covers locations that are outlined in the policy.
- Brands and Labels – Reimburses for the loss when having to sell a damaged product for less than retail price.
- Waive of In-Use Restriction – Pays for damaged equipment that was not in operation at the time of a covered accident.
- Computer Equipment and CFC Coverage
Claims Scenario: Give Me a Break
The company: A metal cutting company.
The challenge: Recently, a power surge caused by a major storm destroyed two circuit boards at a metal cutting shop. This unexpected outage left the business without the necessary machinery to continue operations. Furthermore, in order to meet production deadlines, shop workers had to travel to the company’s sister location. Between the lost time, travel expenses and repair costs, the organization experienced $52,000 in losses—all from just one storm.
Equipment breakdown insurance in action: Equipment outages and breakdowns are not generally covered under standard commercial insurance policies. Instead, organizations should acquire comprehensive equipment breakdown insurance to cover the cost to repair or replace damaged equipment.
In addition, equipment breakdown insurance reimburses companies for lost time, which can prove invaluable following a sudden outage.
Claims Scenario: Spoiler Alert
The company: A small, family-owned restaurant.
The challenge: A restaurant recently experienced major losses after several of their refrigerators stopped working. The restaurant depends on these appliances to deliver fresh food to their clients.
After several attempts to fix the system, the restaurant had to close for the day and call for repair services. Not only did the restaurant have to pay over $1,000 in maintenance costs, they also lost about $18,000 worth of food products due to spoilage—a major hit for a small business.
Equipment breakdown insurance in action: Just one equipment failure can lead to multiple losses, including lost revenue from business interruptions and lost product from spoilage. Thankfully, equipment breakdown insurance can protect against these risks.
In fact, equipment breakdown insurance is one of the few ways restaurants and other food-related businesses can recoup losses from spoiled inventory. An outage of any kind could easily result in the inability to prepare, cook, serve and sell food. As such, organizations need to secure the right policy to ensure their business is protected before, during and after an equipment breakdown.