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Bailee Coverage

Inland marine coverage on property entrusted to the insured for storage, repair, or servicing. It is typically purchased by businesses such as dry cleaners, jewelers, repairers, furriers, etc.

 

Basic Versus Special: Explanation Of Named Peril Versus all Risk

A "peril" is defined as a cause of damage or loss. To be covered for damage or loss under a "basic " contract, the damage or loss must be caused by a peril that is "named" or listed in the contract. Consequently, if damage or loss is caused by a peril that is not named, there is no coverage. In addition, the contract's exclusions must also be considered in determining coverage.

In a "special " contract, it is not necessary to name or list the insured perils since the intent is to cover all risk of damage or loss. Here, too, the contact's exclusions must be considered; however, the "special " form of coverage provides a much greater coverage quality.

Note that "special " coverage should not be construed to mean "all loss" coverage. Certain types of loss are definite and therefore not insurable.

 

Backdating

A procedure for making the effective date of a policy earlier than the application date. Backdating is often used to make the age of the consumer at issue lower than it actually was in order to get lower premium. State laws often limit to six months the time to which policies can be backdated.

 

Binder

A binder is a legal agreement that serves to effect insurance coverage for a specified period of time until the actual insurance policy can be issued. A binder can be issued by either an insurance agent or company and must provide the following information:

Name of insured
Type of insurance coverage
Limits of insurance
Covered perils
Name of insurance company


Blanket Insurance

Blanket insurance provides coverage under a single limit for the following:

Two or more items (e.g., Building and/or Contents)
Two or more locations (e.g., Location A and/or Location B)
A combination of items and/or locations

 

Block Policy

A block policy provides a form of inland marine insurance. It covers loss to the property of a merchant, wholesaler, or manufacturer including:

Property of others in the insured's care, custody, or control
Property on consignment
Property sold but not delivered
A block policy will cover loss caused by most perils (including transportation), subject to certain limitations as specified in the policy exclusions. Common block policies are jeweler's block and furrier's block policies.


Boiler and machinery Coverage

This form of insurance provides important mechanical breakdown coverage generally not available under any other insurance policy. A Boiler and Machinery policy can protect an insured against the effects of catastrophic property loss, such as steam boiler explosion or an expensive breakdown of machinery and equipment.

But it's not just the physical damage caused by the explosion or breakdown that's of concern. While repairs are being made, valuable time and profits are lost. Business Interruption coverage protects against this. Often Extra Expense coverage is required to keep the business in operation regardless of cost. Consequential Damage and Refrigeration Interruption insurance protect against spoilage as the result of a breakdown. Many times these business interruption, extra expense and spoilage losses can be much more extensive than the damage to the equipment itself.

Equally important is the very valuable inspection service that Boiler and Machinery insurance can provide. Not only does this service satisfy most jurisdictional inspection requirements, but it also can benefit the insured by providing sound loss control recommendations that can help assure efficient operation and longer equipment life.

It is our opinion that virtually every commercial business has some type of Boiler and Machinery insurance exposure. Keep in mind that mechanical breakdown coverage encompasses much more than just boilers and pressure vessels. It also can include refrigeration equipment, air conditioning equipment, various types of piping, turbines, engines, pumps, compressors, blowers, gearing, shafting, electric motors, generators, transformers and assorted other types of mechanical and electrical equipment. In fact, many policies are written for insureds who do not own or operate boilers or pressure vessels, but yet have sizable mechanical and electrical exposures.

 

Broad Form Property Damage Coverage Including Completed Operations

This coverage extension is of great value to the general contractor as respects "completed operations" property damage liability claims. Without it, the normal Comprehensive General Liability policy will not respond for "completed operations" claims (i.e., claims rising out of work performed on behalf of the insured by subcontractors). With it, this exposure is covered.

Additional broadening coverage features are also included, but none as important as the above to the general contractor.

 

Beneficiary

The person designated to receive the death benefit when the insured dies.

Broadcaster's Liability Coverage

The legal liabilities of a broadcaster are numerous and vary from the use of incorrect news stories, libel and slander, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, and unauthorized use of plot, characters, or music. Broadcasters' Liability insurance covers these exposures, as well as defense costs in contesting suits or claims. Employees are covered as insureds while acting within the scope of their duties as such.


Broadened Named Insured Wording

Regarding liability coverages, these coverages will automatically apply to ". . . any affiliated, associated, allied or subsidiary company or entity (including subsidiaries thereof), now held or hereinafter acquired or constituted . . ."


Builder's Risk

Indemnifies for loss of or damage to a building under construction. Insurance is normally written for a specified amount on the building and applies only in the course of construction. Coverage customarily includes fire and extended coverage and vandalism and malicious mischief. Builders risk coverage can be extended to a "special" form as well. The builders risk policy also may include coverage for items in transit to the construction site (up to a certain percentage of value) and items stored at the site.



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