What is Wrap Up Liability Insurance?
Wrap Up Liability Insurance is a policy that serves as an all-encompassing insurance that protects all contractors and subcontractors working on a large project. Wrap up liability is intended for larger construction projects.
Who is Insured Under a Wrap Up Liability Policy?
The policy is normally arranged, paid for, and controlled by the owner and/or general contractor. However, wrap up insurance insures all of the following parties as Named or Additional Insureds with respect to the project:
• General contractor
• Project manager
• Consultants, engineers, and architects (subject to our professional liability exclusion)
Note: Project managers, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, and consultants are to be added to the policy declarations as per the wrap-up policy template in ISIS and the business rule. These parties are not written into the wording.
Who is NOT Insured?
• Security protection firms
The Advantages of Wrap-Up Liability Insurance
• Uniformity of coverage; the owner and all contractors are insured on one policy by one insurer
• Easier control of the insurance requirements as general does not have to monitor all subs to ensure their separate policies conform and remain in force
• Lower cost than if each contractor obtained their own insurance
• Avoids disputes between policies and insurers when more than one contractor is involved in a loss
• Guarantees coverage will remain in place for the project for at least the completed operations period
The Disadvantages of Wrap Up Liability Insurance
Coverage is not as broad as a standard CGL as our wrap-up (and most of our competitors) completely excludes damage to the project in the completed operations phase to avoid long tail construction defect exposure. A standard CGL, however, provides coverage in the completed operations phase for damage to work performed on the Insured’s behalf by subcontractors.
As the wrap-up is project-specific, contractors still require CGL coverage to insure their other operations and past work.
The policy period is from the start of the project until its completion. Wrap-up policies have a stated completed operations period that starts at the end of the project and thus the end of the policy term and runs for the period of time stated in the policy. Typically this period is 12 or 24 months.