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Council implementing plans to help businesses reopen safely

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Over the past number of weeks Kerry County Council has been working closely with other agencies and key sectors in the local economy on the rollout of supports and initiatives to assist businesses and support the economic recovery in the county.

As businesses in Kerry begin to reopen in line with the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, it is critical that they can welcome and cater for their customers safely. As part of this effort, Kerry County Council is developing and implementing plans to ensure that towns and villages are open for business and are recognised as safe environments for commercial businesses to operate, and for members of the public to visit while adhering to public advice and travel and other restrictions.

Understanding the potential impact of public health guidelines and social distancing requirements on businesses, particularly the 2m wide physical distancing requirement, the Council has been developing plans to help people visiting shops and business premises around Kerry. The initial phase will begin in the coming days and will see the installation of signage in towns and villages, highlighting social distancing measures. Similar works have been carried out by Council staff at beach car parks and public amenities over the past number of weeks.

Further measures are under development by the Council to ensure street space can be shared safely by pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and cars and to accommodate and promote street usage by commercial premises so that they can operate according to public health guidelines.

In developing these town and village mobility plans, Kerry County Council will engage closely with businesses and business interests to ensure that these plans will be able to further unlock the ability of premises to conduct their business. The support of the elected members of Kerry County Council continues to be a critical part in ensuring there is a strong, collaborative approach to the reopening of the Kerry economy in the months and years ahead.

“We are very aware of the need for businesses to re-start, but at the same time it is critical that the streets in our towns and villages can accommodate business activity safely,” Chief Executive Moira Murrell stated.

“Significant work has already been carried out by Council staff in developing simple but effective ways of ensuring that social distancing can be maintained while ensuring that businesses can resume trading and provide their goods and services to customers. This will include standards for queuing requirements and other retail aspects to assist the social distancing restrictions that must be maintained into the future.”

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Insurance for building contractors

What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial fleet polices can cover many vehicles under one policy.
The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

Employers Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries to an employee in the course of their employment. Employee numbers and annual wages will need to be disclosed accurately and annually.
Public Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries or damage to third party property in the course of your business activities.
Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

You should seek out the expert advice of a professional insurance broker to review your insurance needs. At Healy Insurances, we can review your business requirements, offer expert advice and save you money on your premiums.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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