Workers compensation insurance for contractors is insurance that protects professionals and their employees against work-related accidents and illnesses; specifically, in this situation, those engaged in contract work. Contractors must guarantee that they are protected in the event of an on-the-job mishap. This kind of insurance can help you in reimbursing yourself for expenses incurred as a result of an accident or sickness. A worker may become incapacitated for a long period of time, resulting in lost income and other costs.

Workers Compensation Insurance for Contractors: Do You Need It?

If your business employs 1099 employees, there are three points to remember:

  • First, you must understand what an independent 1099 contractor is
  • Second, it is critical to understand the specific criteria that your state considers when determining who is and is not a worker
  • Thirdly, you must understand how to avoid staff employees being misclassified as experts

How Does the State Approach Workers' Compensation Insurance?

Workers' compensation insurance protects employees, defined as anybody who works for or under the supervision of a business. Certain states mandate that illegal immigrants, domestic workers, and agricultural employees be protected, as well.

Most Common Workers' Comp Contractor Class Codes by Type:

  • 0042 - Street or Road Construction - Beautification Work & Drivers
  • 2702 - Dam Or Lock Construction - Timber Cutting And Removal & Drivers
  • 3126 - Tool Mfg.- Agricultural, Construction, Logging, Minning, Oil Or Artesian Well
  • 3507 - Agricultural Or Construction Machinery Mfg
  • 5022 - Construction - Elevator Or Hod Hoist Install/ Repair/removal & Drivers - Masonry Bldgs Or Structures
  • 5057 - Construction - Elevator/hod Hoise Install/repair/removal & Drivers - Iron Or Steel Bldgs/structures
  • 5069 - Iron Or Steel: Erection - Construction Of Dwellings Not Over 2 Stories In Height
  • 5213 - Concrete Construction - Private Residences - Monolithic
  • 5215 - Concrete Work - Incidental To The Construction Of Private Residence
  • 5222 - Concrete Construction In Connection With Bridges Or Culverts
  • 5223 - Swimming Pool Construction - Not Iron Or Steel - & Drivers
  • 5403 - Construction - Elevator Or Hod Hoist Install, Repair Or Removal & Drivers Wood Bldgs & Structures
  • 5506 - Street Or Road Construction: Paving Or Repaving & Drivers
  • 5507 - Street Or Road Construction: Subsurface Work And Drivers
  • 5508 - Street Or Road Construction: Rock Excavation & Drivers
  • 5606 - Contractor - Project Manager, Construction Executive, Manager Or Superintendent.
  • 5610 - Cleaner - Debris Removal - Construction
  • 5645 - Carpentry-Construction Of Residential Dwellings Not Exceeding Three Stories In Height
  • 6003 - Construction - Elevator Or Hod Hoist Installation, Repair Or Removal & Drivers - Piers Or Wharfs
  • 6005 - Jetty Or Breakwater Construction - All Operations To Completion & Drivers
  • 6017 - Dam Or Lock Construction: Concrete Work - All Operations
  • 6045 - Levee Construction - All Operations To Completion & Drivers
  • 6217 - Airport Construction Grading & Drivers
  • 6229 - Irrigation Or Drainage System Construction & Drivers
  • 6233 - Oil Or Gas Pipeline Construction & Drivers
  • 6306 - Sewer Construction - All Operations & Drivers
  • 6319 - Gas Main, Water Main Or Connection Construction & Drivers
  • 6325 - Conduit Construction - For Cables Or Wires - & Drivers
  • 6702 - Program I - Railroad Construction - All Operations Including Clerical, Salespersons And Drivers
  • 7538 - Electric Light Or Power Line Construction& Drivers
  • 7855 - Railroad Construction - Laying Or Relaying Tracks - Maintanance By Contractor & Drivers
  • 8227 - Construction Permanent Yard

Class Codes from NCRB

You can also check out additional specialty contractor types:

  • Electrician
  • Excavation
  • Flooring
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Janitorial

Do You Need Workers' Compensation If You're Self-Employed?

You never know where your job will lead you as an independent contractor. Travel to and from work locations, changing work environments, and a diverse client base can keep you on your toes. Diversifying into the gig economy adds diversity, but it also comes with risks. If you are injured on the job, the consequences may be catastrophic for the future of your business. Independent experts can be protected by workers' compensation against medical expenses and missed wages associated with on-the-job injuries.

Seasonality, work schedules, and the ups and downs of a single job all contribute to the continuous fluctuation of a professional's company payroll. Because workers' compensation rates are closely related to employee payroll, it makes sense for the professional to handle both payroll and workers' compensation via the same supplier. Entrepreneurs will be certain that they are neither overpaying for protection nor facing a hefty charge during a year-end audit.

Construction professionals face a significant risk of injury due to the physical nature of their work, not to mention the hazards associated with ladders, saws, and other essential equipment. An injury on the job may result in an expensive insurance claim – and a hike in your rates.

When an employee takes Workers' Compensation benefits, he or she agrees not to sue your company. Workers' Compensation Insurance is a no-fault system, which means that benefits are given regardless of who caused the injury.

Workers' compensation insurance protects your employees and, to a certain extent, your company, but it does not cover property damage, customer injury, or business cars.

Additionally, owners of construction and contracting businesses should consider the following:

  • Compensation for employees
  • Small business owners
  • Automobiles for commercial purpose
  • Omissions and errors
  • Fundamental liability
  • Specialists' liability
  • Small Group Medical Insurance

Workers' compensation insurance covers medical costs and lost wages incurred as a result of workplace accidents or illnesses. Almost every state now mandates businesses with employees to adopt this policy.

This kind of insurance is very beneficial to professionals and their employees. It reimburses costs incurred as a result of injuries or health issues suffered on the job, pays for lost profits during recuperation, and provides liability protection in the case of an accident.