Construction workers who are thinking about buying life insurance are usually worried about how they will be assessed by a life insurance company due to the higher risks associated with their jobs. Construction sites can be hazardous and working at heights can make them even more so.
The good news is that life insurance can be arranged for construction workers although there is a little work needed to find the right kinds of policies at the best prices.
In this article we explain how life insurance works and how to make sure you're getting the best rates and the most comprehensive insurance for your needs. We will also look at critical illness and sick pay insurance as these can be the policies that a construction worker is more likely to need and claim on during their working lives.
What is life insurance?
Personal life insurance is a type of insurance policy that pays out a tax-free lump sum of money or an income if you die. Whether you die as a result of your job or not is irrelevant. Usually, people buy life insurance to leave money behind to look after the people in their lives or pay off debts such as mortgages.
If you die the insurance money will be paid out either through a trust (if a trust form has been completed when taking out the insurance) that specifies who the money is to go to or the money will be paid into your estate to be passed on in accordance with your will, if you have one.
Can construction workers get life insurance?
Yes, it is possible for construction workers to buy life insurance but you need to choose the insurance company carefully to ensure the policy is priced fairly. Your life insurance is assessed using your age, smoker status, health, occupation and lifestyle.
Construction workers who work for an employer should check their employment contract before buying life insurance. Many good employers will provide some form of life insurance as well as accident benefits. Once you know the details of any existing benefits you can then decide whether you need more life insurance.
A life insurance adviser can help build a tailor-made life insurance solution taking account of any benefits you have through your employer. We have vetted the services of a life insurance advisory firm* that can help. You don't have to take the advice you're given but it is free of charge. If you do end up arranging your insurance you'll get up to £100 cashback if you use the link above or you can call them on 0203 764 0275.
What questions will construction workers be asked when buying life insurance?
Occupations such as concrete workers, site managers, bricklayers, plasterers, carpenters and joiners are usually accepted for life insurance without any need for further questions about their day-to-day duties.
The occupation section of a life insurance application will however ask whether you:
- Work with hazardous materials (eg. asbestos)
- Work with explosives
- Work at external heights (usually over 40 ft)
- Tunnel or work underground
- Operate heavy plant machinery
Work with explosives and tunnel or underground work are probably the most challenging risks to cover out of this list. However, it is still worth exploring this with a life insurance expert who will source life insurance solutions based on this.
If you answer 'yes' to any of the other high risk activities listed above, you can usually still get life insurance but you will need to provide more details. Factors such as the time spent doing these activities and your specific work environment will have a large bearing on the decision that an insurance company makes.
Although life insurance companies use a book of guidelines to assess your risk, they try to assess each person individually to give the fairest possible decisions. And just because one life insurance company declines your application or increases the monthly premium, it doesn't mean that they all will.
Which life insurance company offers the best price for construction workers?
Not all life insurance companies have the same guidelines for acceptance to their insurance plans. For example, a person who works at heights might have to pay twice the normal monthly premium with one company but another insurance company might only increase it by half. Also, if one insurance company declines to cover you due to your job it doesn't mean that another insurance company won't be prepared to insure you.
It's important that if you decide to obtain insurance quotes yourself via a comparison site that you then ask the insurance companies for an indication of cost based on your job, health and any other factors before completing application forms.
The best approach is to speak to a life insurance expert*, for free, and they'll go through these steps with you over the phone and direct you to the most suitable and cost-effective life insurance policy.
How much does construction workers’ life insurance cost?
The cost of your life insurance should be the same as anyone else of your age and smoker status unless you work with hazardous materials, work with explosives, work at external heights, work underground or operate heavy plant machinery.
This means that the cost of your life insurance should normally be based on the amount of insurance you want, how long you want to be covered for, your health, whether you smoke or not and your lifestyle. The table below gives some indicative prices for a construction worker who is not involved in the hazardous tasks mentioned above.
Cost of £250,000 of level term assurance for a construction worker over 25 years
|Monthly Premium Non-smoker||Monthly Premium Smoker|
|25 year old||£5.32||£7.54|
|35 year old||£8.37||£16.13|
|45 year old||£18.16||£62.12|
|55 year old||£76.17||£172.56|
How to find the cheapest life insurance for construction workers
At Money to the Masses we provide you with information so that you can understand the options available to you but there is a great deal of benefit to speaking to an expert. Construction workers can end up paying more than they need to or even get declined for life and illness insurances. Search engines don't select on the basis of your occupation and you can end up going through lengthy application processes before you realise the real price or worst still, get a letter to say you've been declined.
To avoid wasting your time and access the best life insurance and illness insurance policies for you, complete this form* and a specialist life insurance adviser will call you to discuss your needs. You don't have to take the advice you're given and it is free of charge. If you do end up arranging your insurance, you'll get up to £100 cashback.
Other insurances to consider
As well as life insurance there are other types of insurance that a construction worker should consider.
Critical illness insurance for construction workers
Critical illness insurance provides you with a tax-free lump sum of money if you are diagnosed with a serious illness, such as cancer.
Critical illness insurance can seem expensive but it reflects the fact that you're around 5-7 times more likely to claim against it compared with a life insurance policy. Critical illness insurance pays out on diagnosis of specific serious illnesses - unsurprisingly, the conditions that cause the largest numbers of claims are cancer, heart attacks and strokes. The policies do vary between different insurance companies and some will provide more comprehensive terms and conditions compared with others so don't just go on price here. You can read more about critical illness insurance "Critical illness insurance: What are the pros and cons?".
Cost of £250,000 of life insurance with £100,000 of critical illness insurance for a construction worker over 25 years
|Monthly Premium Non-smoker||Monthly Premium Smoker|
|25 year old||£20.95||£29.26|
|35 year old||£42.31||£67.98|
|45 year old||£97.89||£175.63|
|55 year old||£172.35||£327.61|
Sick pay insurance for construction workers
Construction workers are at a higher risk of being unable to work through incapacity because of two reasons.
- Being in a physical job puts you at a greater risk of injury
- You are less likely to be able to work if you are incapacitated through injury or illness
Sick pay insurance is a way to provide a replacement income if you find yourself unable to work through injury or illness. Again, construction workers, especially those working at heights or working with machinery will need to seek out specialist income protection policies. Income protection is the name commonly used to describe sick pay insurance. There are life insurance companies that provide better levels of cover for those people in manual jobs and don't automatically increase the costs.
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