Last edited 01 Mar 2021

Owner-controlled insurance

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[edit] Introduction

An owner-controlled insurance programme (OCIP) is a business practice that consolidates insurance liability for construction projects. Owner-controlled insurance programmes allow property owners to purchase insurance on behalf of all of the contractors working on a project rather than allowing each contractor to purchase individual coverage.These policies are also referred to as wrap-up coverage or wrap policies.

Owner-controlled insurance programmes are purchased by the owner alone, which differentiates them from contractors' all-risk insurance or contractor controlled insurance programmes issued under the joint names of the contractor and the property owner.

[edit] Scope of coverage

Owner-controlled insurance policies may include:

These policies are written for the term of the project plus any extended periods, assuring continuity of insurance policy terms, conditions and exclusions.

[edit] Benefits of OCIPs

Owner-controlled insurance programmes can reassure property owners of consistent coverage throughout the project. For instance, they ensure that no uninsured workers are on the job, since rules are uniformly enforced by a single insurer or broker.

They also help to clarify budgeting issues, since insurance costs are established at a consistent rate (rather than being controlled by each contractor) and handled by a single insurance provider.

An owner-controlled insurance policy may benefit property owners who are in charge of several simultaneous construction projects and can gain efficiencies by bundling several projects under this method of coverage.

[edit] Drawbacks of OCIPs

Bundled insurance provided by owner-controlled insurance policies may put an additional administrative burden on property owners charged with overseeing responsibilities that may not be within their area of expertise.

The pricing of these policies may offer budgetary convenience for property owners, but they may also mean contractors are less motivated to control losses when those losses are not coming directly from their budgets.

See also: Integrated Project Insurance.

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