Equipment breakdown insurance and inspection | Sudden and unforeseen damage
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HSB Machinery and Technology Combined

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Equipment breakdown insurance and inspection services all in one policy

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We live and work in a world where technology is constantly evolving; creating new forms of machinery and equipment, applications for them, and requirements for businesses to conform to applicable workplace equipment health and safety legislation.

Whilst technology brings many benefits, ever more reliance on electronic components and software is increasing the risk to businesses of equipment failure, breakdown, and non-regulatory compliance.

Our response

HSB Machinery and Technology Combined responds to the changing equipment risks, exposures and applicable health and safety legislation by providing an equipment breakdown insurance policy and inspection service all in one.

A comprehensive solution for businesses operating machinery and equipment

Provides sudden and unforeseen damage and breakdown cover for fixed manufacturing, processing and services equipment, and building services equipment:
  • Cover for the failure, breaking, distortion or burning-out of any part of the machinery or equipment during its normal operation
  • Includes the failure of any electronic or computer equipment that controls the machinery or equipment, even if there is no physical damage
  • Operator error included as standard
  • Cover for undamaged non-compatible parts included as standard
  • Cover for damage whilst temporarily removed, including during transit, for the purpose of repair, service or modification
  • Reinstatement of machinery or equipment as new
Our network of competent, multi-skilled Engineer Surveyors provide impartial engineering inspection services to assist with statutory inspections across a vast range of plant and equipment for the following classes:
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Equipment category Legislation: UK (2) Legislation: Ireland
Boiler/pressure systems Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) S.I. No. 445 of 2012: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
Lifting Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
Electrical/mechanical Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) S.I. No. 299 of 2007 (Regulation 30): Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
Local exhaust ventilation The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) Health & Safety Authority: Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Guidance document
Power presses and associated machinery Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
Fixed wiring (electrical) Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) S.I. No. 299 of 2007 (Part 3): Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
HSB Machinery and Technology Combined is predominantly aimed at the following industries:
Manufacturers and suppliers
Food industry
Commercial property owners:
offices/hotels/retail complexes/high-rise residential blocks
Pharmaceutical industry
Dairy farmers
Specialist engineering industries

High-precision manufacturing firm

Incident: Operator error caused spindle damage within a CNC machine.

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Incident: A heating boiler broke down due to failure of circuits within the controls.

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After inheriting an overdue equipment schedule, we took full ownership. Starting with the statutory items, which were mainly passenger lifts, we mobilised a HSB Engineer Surveyor task force to focus on bringing everything 100% up-to-date; removing the compliance stress from the customer.

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Why choose HSB?

  • Leading specialist provider of engineering and technology insurance and inspection services in the UK and Ireland
  • Winner of the 2021 British Insurance Awards 'Specialist Insurance Company of the Year' award
  • Engineering inspection services accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service)
  • UK-based arm of HSB Group, the equipment breakdown insurance and inspection market leader since 1866
  • Part of Munich Re, a world leader in risk solutions, consistent risk management and financial stability
  • Financially strong and stable – rated A++ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company
  • A member of the Institute of Customer Service, demonstrating our commitment to continually improving customer service performance and professionalism

Contact us

For more information, speak to your insurance broker, your usual HSB contact or local HSB office, or contact our dedicated E-Trade Team.