Contract works insurance: water damage risk management

Gain insight into the challenges and solutions around all risk cover for water damage caused during contract works. Hear first-hand from parties with a vested interest in contract works insurance in this Community of Practice webinar.

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CIRIA launched a new Community of Practice (CoP) to bring together practitioners from the construction and insurance sectors with the objective of improving the management of risk and financial performance. 

The CoP will help deliver more focused collaboration and enhance knowledge transfer in risk management through a series of network events and integrated resources within one point of reference. Some of the challenges examined within the CoP include professional indemnity insurance (PII), design, contract works and project insurance.

Contract works insurance
Contractors ‘All Risks’ insurance provides insurance against damage to the works under construction. Historically fire damage and other major losses presented the most concern for insurers. However, water damage losses in construction projects are on the increase and now account for 38% of claims by value & 60% by number. The average water damage claim is £111,000 according to one London market insurer.

Improved risk management could prevent water damage: there are concerns that the availability of insurance is reducing adherence to good practice and risk mitigation.

This webinar will cover the challenges and solutions around all risk cover for water damage caused during contracts works, with tangible examples of impact. The focus will be on what good practice looks like in terms of risk management from design to preventative measures on site, and it will feature client, contractor, designer, insurer, broker and manufacturer perspectives.
Why attend
Understand how all risk policies are being developed and share good practice where
clear guidelines have yet to emerge
Enhance knowledge and understanding of how the construction sector operates to
control water damage risk
Discover good practice to mitigate against water damage including risk assessment
and management
Learn how this new community of practice delivers benefits to its members and
supports practitioners with their CPD programmes

Who should attend
Insurance sector practitioners: risk engineers, underwriters and brokers
Construction sector practitioners: insurance buyers, quality assurance managers,
project managers, financial and legal experts, asset owners and
operators, T1/T2 contractors, designers and suppliers
Procurement specialists
Research community
Trade associations

Thursday 17 June 2021
10:30 - 12:30

10:30 Welcome and introduction
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA

10:35 CIRIA’s new Community of Practice: Managing Construction Risk
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA

10:40 Introduction to all risk, contract works and water damage
Keith Bishop, Group Insurance Manager, Laing O’Rourke
Rona Hogan, Insurance Manager, Laing O’Rourke

11:00 Stakeholder perspectives
Client perspective: Veronica Flint Williams, Contract and Risk
Manager, Environment Agency
Designer perspective: Fraser Davidson, Executive Director Design & Build,
Europe, Jacobs
Manufacturer perspective: Stephen Redmond, Designer of Flood Protection
Product, Primary Control Feature
Legal perspective: Amy Lacey, Partner, Fenchurch Law

11:20 Good practice in all risk policies
Underwriter perspective: Andy Kane, Portfolio Manager Construction
QBE European Operations
Broker perspective: Craig Charles, Senior Vice President Construction
Infrastructure, Client Executive, Marsh 

11:50 Interactive discussion and Q&A with the audience, speakers and panel of
Veronica Flint Williams, Contract and Risk Manager, Environment Agency
Yohan De Silva, Senior Assessor (Utilities), Inspections Services, Lloyd's Register
Dr Adrian Wright, Specialist Consultant Materials Failure Investigation,
Corrosion Production & Integrity Assurance, Intertek

12:25 Closing remarks


 Community of Practice: Founding members*
 (Environment Agency, Fenchurch Law, Fugro, Jacobs, Laing O'Rourke 
 and Landsec) 
 Free to attend 
 CIRIA members**
 £30 + VAT
 £35 + VAT

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