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Carpenters Insurance

Tailored business insurance for self-employed carpenters

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Caunce O’Hara tradesman insurance for joiners provides expert industry-specific cover for a range of risks faced daily by self-employed trades professionals, providing you with peace of mind to get on with your job knowing you’re covered should something go wrong.

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What is carpenters insurance?

Joiners insurance provides liability cover for you against the unexpected, such as a client’s property being damaged during the course of your work or a member of the public sustaining an injury that you are alleged to be responsible for.


Why do carpenters need insurance?

As a carpenter, you work with sharp tools which can cause personal injury and property damage. Accidents will happen, and if property damage does occur or someone does get injured, whether it’s on their premises or yours, you could be held liable and find yourself facing a claim.

Without the right level of public liability insurance in place you could find yourself facing legal costs that could have financial implications for your business.

Our insurance policies can provide you with the peace of mind that, if something goes wrong, you’ll be covered if you need to defend a claim against yourself. We also offer a range of insurance policies for your staff, your tools, personal accidents, and claims of negligence in your work.

Why choose Caunce O'Hara for your carpenters insurance?

As trades insurance experts, we're your number one choice for your business protection.

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Trusted by over 23,000 clients for their business insurance.


Immediate cover available, with documents issued via email in minutes!


Over 25 years’ experience of insuring self-employed professionals, including freelancers, contractors, and small business owners.

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I had spoken to Caunce O'Hara prior to the transaction and it all went smoothly for me. I have used them now for 12 years.
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Excellent Customer service and value for money. Best public liability, professional indemnity and employers liability insurance offer I’ve come across.
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Our cover for carpenters has been created to protect against the risks you potentially face daily, such as:

Third-party injury – A client sustains an injury when visiting your workshop by treading on a nail that was sticking out of a piece of timber. Another scenario could include a client visiting your premises and being hit on the leg by a stack of timber materials slipping.

Property damage – You’ve created a bespoke cabinet for a client and while you are lifting it into the client’s home you damage a wall, ripping the wallpaper and gouging a hole in the plaster work.

Negligent work – You’re commissioned to build a bespoke piece of furniture for a client. You build the furniture item and are proud of what you’ve created. When you deliver it to your client the item doesn’t fit the space allocated for it. Your client alleges negligence in your measurements which resulted in the mistake.

Theft or damage to tools and trade materials – Whilst delivering a completed project to a client, your van is broken into and the tools you are carrying with you are stolen.

At Caunce O’Hara we offer you the ability to customise your carpenters insurance to meet your own needs. If you simply want public liability insurance, that’s fine with us. If you want additional protection for your employees, work accidents, or negligence claims, we can help you with that too. We have a range of insurance policies to suit most needs of the trades sector.

Caunce O’Hara are specialists for trades insurance. These are just a few of the reasons to choose us for your cover:

Quick online quotes

By completing our simple online quote form you can get a quote in as little as 90 seconds.

Affordable protection

We have always strived to provide value for money for our clients. Our pricing is fully transparent, meaning you won’t be charged any hidden or unnecessary fees.

Platinum rated customer service

Looking after our customers has always been at the top of Caunce O’Hara’s priorities, which is reflected in our positive Feefo feedback.

Over 25 years’ experience

We have been offering business insurance to self-employed professionals since 1995. As a result we understand the needs of self-employed business owners and freelance contractors, which enables us to provide the cover you need.

The cost of an annual premium varies depending on your type of cover and the level of cover you need. Our public liability insurance for carpenters starts from as little as £70.67 per annum for £1million of annual cover.

As well as public liability insurance, we offer a range of insurance covers for your individual circumstances, including:

  • Personal accident insurance – covers you for accidents sustained in the course of your work and can pay a lump sum or regular payments to cover loss of earnings.
  • Employers’ liability insurance (EL) – is a legal requirement if you employ staff, with a minimum of £5 million of cover to protect your employees.
  • Tools insurance – available with our public liability insurance policy, provides cover from £1,000 to £5,000 for the replacement of your lost, damaged or stolen tools.
  • Good in transit insurance – provides cover for your goods against theft, loss or damage while they are being transported in your own vehicle, or on your behalf by a third-party carrier. The policy can cover theft of items whilst in transit; damage caused by an accident during transit; loss of items during transit; and damage caused to items during transit.
  • Plant insurance (PI) – we offer cover for both hired-in and owned plant equipment. Plant insurance can cover the costs incurred for ongoing lease hire for hired-in plant while the hired plant is being replaced, recovered or repaired, and can cover the cost of repairing or replacing owned plant following theft, loss or damage (accidental or malicious) to your equipment.
  • Contract works insurance – cover for costs incurred in having to re-do work that is part of a contract, including the cost of the tools, materials and the labour, should the existing work be destroyed by fire, flood, or theft.
  • Professional indemnity insurance (PI) – covers professionals who give advice, provide designs or other professional services to customers and covers allegations of negligent work.

The excess is the amount you pay towards a claim you make on your insurance policy. For example, if you make a claim for £1,000 for stolen tools and your excess is £200, then your payout will be £800.

Insurance policyLowest excessHighest excess
Public liability insurance£250£250
Employers’ liability insurance£0£0
Tools & trade materials cover (can only be purchased with the public liability policy)£250£250
Personal accident insurance£0£0
Professional indemnity insurance£250£500

Please note the figures shown are for illustrative purposes only and any excess applied to your quote may differ.

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Our understanding of the freelance sector and the challenges you face daily, enables us to tailor our insurance products to meet your needs. Contact us to talk about your insurance requirements and to better understand the insurance we offer.

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