INSURERS concerned about the risk of potentially deadly cladding are declining to underwrite the state’s army of building certifiers who now face losing their licences.
Glen Norris, The Courier-MailSubscriber only|June 3, 2019 5:41pm
A CRISIS is looming for the state’s army of private construction certifiers with insurers declining to cover work involving potentially deadly cladding on buildings.
Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said about 500 certifiers in the state faced losing their building licence if the issue was not resolved soon.
It is understood insurers are either declining to provide public indemnity insurance for certifiers approving cladding work or asking for substantially higher premiums.
“Insurers are getting nervous because of the growing number of incidents and accidents involving cladding,” said Mr Bidwell.
Flammable cladding was blamed for the 2017 Grenfell tower disaster in West London that caused the deaths of at least 80 people and has been linked to high-rise fires in Australia.
Certifiers, whose job is to ensure building work complies with regulations and codes, must have professional indemnity insurance before the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) issues them with a licence.
Housing and Public Works Minister Mick De Brenni has already met with certifiers to discuss ways to resolve the impasse.