April Showers Bring…Pollution Exposures

By Tracy Durham, Senior Account Executive

It’s that time of year when people begin to prepare lawns, gardens, and farmland for spring and summer. Now is a great time to be in touch with your clients who perform these seasonal services to discuss their operations and exposures, and to make sure there aren’t any coverage areas that are being overlooked.

Clients who need to consider coverage include, but are not limited to:

ClientPollution ExposuresBeacon Hill Coverage Options
LandscapersDigging in the ground
Application of chemicals
Equipment on site
Equipment and chemicals in transit
Loading and unloading
Misapplication of product
Contractors Pollution Liability (CPL)
Transportation Pollution Liability (TPL)
Non-Owned Disposal Site Pollution Liability (NODS)
Inland Marine Option for Equipment, non-pollution related line
Herbicide/Pesticide ApplicationsApplication of chemicals
Equipment and chemicals in transit
Loading and unloading
Misapplication of product
Contractors Pollution Liability (CPL)
Transportation Pollution Liability (TPL)
Non-Owned Disposal Site Pollution Liability (NODS)
Manure ApplicatorsApplication of product
Equipment and product in transit
Loading and unloading
Runoff from fields
Storage of product
Misapplication of product
Contractors Pollution Liability (CPL)
Transportation Pollution Liability (TPL)
Non-Owned Disposal Site Pollution Liability (NODS)
Fertilizer DistributorsStorage of product
Transportation of product
Contamination due to products
Offsite runoff
Premises Pollution Liability (PPL/EIL)
Transportation Pollution Liability (TPL)
Non-Owned Disposal Site Pollution Liability (NODS)
Products Pollution Liability
Lawn and Garden StoresStorage of product and chemicals
Transportation of product
Contamination due to products
Offsite runoff
Onsite application of chemicals
Waste disposal
Premises Pollution Liability (PPL/EIL)
Transportation Pollution Liability (TPL)
Non-Owned Disposal Site Pollution Liability (NODS)
Products Pollution Liability
Golf CoursesDigging in the ground
Chemical application
Runoff
Other maintenance activities onsite
Storage tanks
Waste disposal
Premises Pollution Liability (PPL/EIL)
Transportation Pollution Liability (TPL)
Non-Owned Disposal Site Pollution Liability (NODS)
Storage Tank Liability
Inland Marine Option for Equipment, non-pollution related line
Farming OperationsRunoff
Storage tanks
Maintenance activities
Premises Pollution Liability (PPL/EIL)
Transportation Pollution Liability (TPL)
Non-Owned Disposal Site Pollution Liability (NODS)
Storage Tank Liability
Inland Marine Option for Equipment, non-pollution related line

When offering these coverage options, please keep in mind there may be some restrictions depending on the risk.

  • For chemical applicators, many carriers include a Property Damage Exclusion for this work. Some policies apply this exclusion across the board while others address Property Damage resulting from overspray.
  • For location-based risks, some activities may not be addressed, such as Onsite Cleanup at your own location, depending on the exposure and circumstances. These policies may still include Bodily Injury and Property Damage for third parties at your location.
  • Not all carriers will write coverage for Confined Animal Feeding Operations, but some can construct products and enhancements to address these risks.

Working with an environmental specialist, like Beacon Hill Associates, can provide you the advantage of offering various options suited to your client’s exposure and their coverage needs. We can also provide a comparison of terms offered by our carriers, as well as competitors’ offers.

Items to include in your submission include revenues for contractors and product exposures, loss runs for General Liability if there is no existing Pollution Liability, storage tank details, auto application with fleet information for Transportation Pollution Liability, expiring Pollution policies, and a supplemental application for Pollution options.

Please contact us to discuss the information that may be needed for a specific risk and the coverage lines we can offer.  We look forward to assisting you with your client’s pollution needs.

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