If you join the insurance scheme now it will cost you only £50.00 to insure yourself until 31/5/2019
Working with flames has always been tricky. Most venues shy away from wanting them anywhere near – imagine how insurance companies are!
Most people use a specific craft insurer, there aren’t many of them, so GBUK decided to find a bespoke policy especially for flameworkers.
The policy has been arranged with G.M.Imber & Sons and covers:
It will cover you for:
Working with flames
What makes this policy specific for flameworking is
AE 01 – Burning and Welding Condition
It is a condition to Insurer’s liability that the following special precautions will be complied with on each occasion of any work involving the use of blow lamps, blow torches, flame guns, hot air guns, electric gas or other welding equipment, or portable grinding equipment:
(i) All blow lamps, blow torches and flame guns or hot air guns are to be lit in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, not left unattended when lit and extinguished immediately after use;
(ii) The area in which the work is to be carried out (including adjoining shafts or openings and the area on the other side of any wall or partition) is to be inspected to establish whether any combustible material (other than the property to be worked upon) is in danger of ignition either directly or by conduction of heat;
(iii) Wherever practicable, all combustible material is to be removed to a distance of not less than 10 metres from the point of work and such material which cannot be removed is to be covered by overlapping sheets of non-combustible material or afforded equivalent protection;
(iv) Suitable fire extinguishing appliances are to be kept available for immediate use at the point of work;
(v) All portable grinders are to be switched on and used in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and switched off when unattended and immediately after use;
(vi) Wherever practicable, gas cylinders not in use are to be kept outside the building in which the work is taking place or otherwise kept at least 15 metres from the point of work;
(vii) Immediately following completion of each period of work and during the period of not less than thirty minutes following completion of each period of work, a thorough and continuous check that there is no fire or risk of fire is to be made of the whole area in which the work is to be carried out (including adjoining shafts or openings and the area on the other side of any wall or partition).
At first glance, this section is both just what we need but seemingly impossible to comply with.
Wherever practicable, all combustible material is to be removed to a distance of not less than 10 metres from the point of work and such material which cannot be removed is to be covered by overlapping sheets of non-combustible material or afforded equivalent protection.
The important part of this is ‘where practicable’ – do you work in a shed or room in a house? How can you comply?
As an example, covering surfaces with tiles or sheet metal will not only be safer, but also comply with this condition.
Who does it cover?
The insurance covers GBUKmembers who are UK residents. Unfortunately, we cannot cover overseas GBUKmembers.
There are two insurance options – which one do I need?
- If you partially export to the US/Canada you need the US insurance
- If you only export to the UK/EU/rest of the world *excluding US/Canada* you need the UK insurance.
How long does my insurance cover me for?
The GBUK insurance policy runs from 1st June to 31st May.
As the insurance runs from June, the cost will be a pro-rata payment to cover the remainder of the insurance year, and you will have the option to purchase another year at the full rate providing you opt to continue as a member of GBUK.