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Machinery breakdown cover

Machinery damage and breakdown insurance

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Insurance for manufacturing businesses

Developed in conjunction with a leading insurer, our MACH 3-5-7 insurance policy is specifically designed for operators of industrial and commercial machinery. It can help you plan for unforeseen mechanical breakdowns and production interruptions.

The MACH 3-5-7 breakdown insurance policy runs alongside your general insurance, not as a replacement. It provides far wider cover, including operator error for up to 7 years.

Our features and benefits

  • Full cost of repairs (less policy excess and value of salvage) for partial losses throughout the entire period of cover
  • In the event of total loss- the new replacement value of the item at the time of the occurrence, except where the machine is over 7 years old at the time of the occurrence, in which case the settlement will be the market value of the machinery at the time of the occurrence
  • Expediting costs – expenses reasonably incurred in making temporary repairs and expediting permanent repairs up to the lesser of 50% of the claim or £12,500
  • Hire of alternative equipment after 48 hours following the incident of loss or damage up to £25,000, OR the additional cost of working after 7 days for up to 6 months, up to £5,000
  • Cover for a fixed term – regardless of the finance period
  • Fixed monthly payments –premium excluding insurance premium tax guaranteed for the term of the insurance irrespective of claims experience.

This policy provides cover against physical loss caused by accidental damage or breakdown for fixed and installed industrial equipment.

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What's covered in our MACH 3-5-7 machinery breakdown insurance?

We’re always transparent about what’s included in our machinery cover. But if you’re not sure what kind of cover you need, our friendly team is always happy to help.

Please note this list is not exhaustive – refer to full policy document for details.

What's insured?

Cover for your machinery:

  • Accidental damage – loss or damage caused by accidental or malicious external causes including damage caused by operator error, during normal operation of the insured machinery.
  • Breakdown – sudden and unforeseen breaking, distortion, overheating or electrical burnout of any part resulting in its immediate stoppage of function before normal working can be resumed.
  • The maximum amount that the insurer will pay to the insured customer shall not exceed 130% of the new replacement value of the machine declared at inception of cover. This is in respect of any or all claims arising during the period of cover.

What is not insured?

  • The policy excess
  • Consequential loss
  • Equipment/ machinery used for hire or whilst loaned out
  • Loss or damage caused by fire, lightning, aircraft and explosion, theft, flood or inundation from the sea, terrorism
  • Loss or damage which is the responsibility of the manufacturer’s warranty, guarantee or maintenance agreement
  • Loss due to wear and tear, gradual deterioration, rusting, corrosion or oxidisation or scratching to painted or polished surfaces, intentional overloading, experimentation, testing or commissioning
  • Losses reported to the insurers more than 30 days from the date of the occurrence
  • Loss or damage caused by breakdown in the first 30 days of cover unless the equipment/ machinery is the subject of a manufacturer's warranty at the start of the period of cover or the insured machinery has completed a minimum of 30 days trouble free operation following completion of commissioning and the insured customer has declared any claims losses or incidents to the insurer.

Why choose us for your machinery insurance?

The success of a business is usually a result of hard work, personal sacrifice and commitment. And with a number of people (employees, suppliers, customers) dependent on its success, it makes sense to do all you can to protect it.

Our approach is simple. We help you feel confident that your business has the protection in place to minimise risk and will bounce back with the least amount of disruption if the worst happens.

Our technical excellence is fuelled by a genuine desire to help your business.

As with all machinery, it’s not a case of if the machine breaks, but when. Before making any decision on your cover, get in touch with our team. We’d be happy to have a conversation with you. That way, you’re making an informed decision to meet the long-term vision of your business, knowing the full risks and true costs involved.

MACH Graph 2023

Machinery claims

Source – internal database managed by Marsh Commercial, showing the distribution of all claims occurring on new machinery policies with a 7 year policy term, between 01/06/2018 to 31/05/2023

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Machinery insurance FAQs

The cost depends on the age of the machine, the new replacement value of the machine, your cover and the term you selected. You select the cover term of between 1 & 7 years. The insurer won't amend the terms & conditions during the full selected cover period. However, with 30 days notice, the policy can be cancelled at any time.

With 30 days notice, the policy can be cancelled at any time.

No - The premium is fixed for the cover term selected, irrespective of claims (excluding insurance premium tax). No - Cover is designed to be machine specific allowing you to attach cover for your selected machines. Machinery warranties do not normally provide cover for breakdown or accidental damage caused whilst in operation. It's also usually limited to manufacturing defect for a period of 12 months. Cover does not extend to provide loos of income /BI cover. However, the claims process together with the ‘Additional Costs of Working’ cover look to mitigate any loss of income. The multi-year MACH 3-5-7 damage and breakdown cover is underwritten by Aviva and exclusive to Marsh and selected Marsh business partners. You can pay on a monthly basis utilising Aviva’s 0% Direct Debit facility, or directly to Marsh Ltd by bank transfer, debit/credit card if you prefer to pay premiums upfront annually or in full.