The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

It is no secret that there are high levels of toxic chemicals and materials in an auto body and repair shop. After all, there are a number of chemicals that are needed during the repair process! Consequently, most shops are subject to both state and federal air quality regulations.

As a shop owner, are you aware of the importance of indoor air quality? There are indoor air quality standards that must be met! This week, our agency would like to discuss the need for a carbon air filter. Having a high-quality carbon air filter in your garage will not only meet environmental air quality and health safety requirements, but it will keep your employees (and yourself) safe from toxicity levels.

How do you know if your shop will benefit from a carbon air filter? Here is a simple checklist to look over:

  • Your employees service and repair motor vehicle at your place of business
  • Your employees use paint products on metal surfaces
  • Your shop emits VOCs
  • Your shop is full of chemicals and solvents that are subject to explosions, fires, and other hazards
  • You provide air-condition repair services
  • You use plastic and/or synthetic materials on a daily basis

Improving indoor air quality is a necessity for auto body and repair shop owners. If you have ANY questions or concerns at all about this, do not hesitate to reach out to our agency.

At Wolpert Insurance, we not only pride ourselves in our understanding of garage insurance, but our knowledge of the industry. We urge you to give us a call today to learn more about the ways that you can keep your shop safe!


Fire Hazards in Your Auto Body Repair Shop

As the owner of an auto body repair shop, it is important that you are making safety a priority. While we typically go over risks including chemicals, dusts, fumes, and the likes, it is important to not forget about one of the greatest risks out there: Fires.

Automobile-related structure fires are all too common to neglect. Between flammable liquids and hot engines, there are an awful lot of fire hazards present. This week, our agency would like to share a few fire health and safety tips with garage owners. Who knows, one of these tips could save your shop from a fiery disaster.

  • Create an evacuation plan and make sure all workers are aware of it. Practice, if need be.
  • Keep flammable liquids in an appropriately rated fireproof metal cabinet, away from any heat sources and working areas.
  • Gas spill? Clean it up as soon as possible, but be especially aware of the flammable fumes that can gather inside the building. Be sure to adequately vent it quickly.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in an accessible area for all employees and have it serviced at least annually.
  • Keep aerosol sprays away from open flames/heat.
  • Safely rid of dirty/oily rags instead of storing them.
  • Prohibit your workers from smoking inside the garage. Always take it outside.

At Wolpert Insurance, it is our goal to help you design a garage insurance policy to protect your business that best suits your needs and budget. And reducing risk could not only keep both you and your employees safer but may result in a lower premium as well. Remember: The more claims that are made on your Massachusetts garage insurance policy, the higher your premium may end up!

To learn more about our options at Wolpert Insurance, please give us a call at 800-299-6819.


Put Your Expertise to the Test: Garage Insurance Quiz

Are you ready to put your garage insurance expertise to the test? This week, our agency has prepared a quick TRUE OR FALSE trivia quiz. Read the statement; give it your best shot—and no peaking at the answers below!

#1: TRUE OR FALSE? Garage liability insurance and Garagekeepers liability insurance provide the same coverage.

#2: TRUE OR FALSE? False pretense coverage is designed to cover a loss that is caused when someone causes you or an employee to voluntarily part with a vehicle by trickery, scheme, or false pretense.

#3: TRUE OR FALSE? Typically, a garage insurance policy WILL NOT cover boats and watercrafts in a shop.

#4: TRUE OR FALSE? There is no need for cyber liability insurance in a garage and auto body shop.

Grab a red pen and let’s check those answers…

#1: FALSE. Garage liability insurance is meant to cover bodily injury and property damage occurring as a result of operations but excluding owned and nonowned vehicles. Garagekeepers liability insurance is designed to cover vehicles that are owned by you for sale or owned by OTHERS and taken in your shop (such as repair shops, carwashes, etc.) for repairs or consignment sale.

#2: TRUE. Also, just for informational purposes—False pretense coverage is generally offered as an endorsement.

#3: TRUE. Generally, there is specific language that is used in most garagekeepers liability insurance policies, such as: “We will pay all sums the insured legally must pay as damages for loss to a customer’s autos.” The term “customer’s autos” pertains to land vehicles, rather than floatation devices. It is always best to ask about additional coverage when housing and performing operations on any kind of watercraft.

#4: FALSE. This is not true in many cases! If your shop uses a computer system, you may be at risk for a data breach or dozens of other cyber related scams. Cyber liability insurance can designed to respond to many of these attacks which can lead to this type of loss.

Now that you have tallied up your score, how did you do? Three out of four? Four out of four? Hey—even if you got one out of four, you do not have to worry! First and foremost, now you are well aware of what is true and false—you learn something new every day! Second, you have our staff at Wolpert Insurance to guide you. The ins and out of Massachusetts garage insurance can be tricky, but with our agency by your side, you will fell more comfortable in no time.

To learn more or to grab a free quote, contact our agency. Until then, please be sure to come back for more garage insurance and industry-related knowledge soon!

The Importance of a Benefits Package for Employees

As the owner of an auto body and repair shop, one of your main responsibilities is to choose the right garage insurance policies and programs to protect yourself, your company, and your employees. One of the most important parts of your program can be the group benefits portion. Are you currently offering an attractive group benefits package to your employees?

By offering a solid group benefits package, your shop is better able to attract the best of the best and should make your company more competitive, successful and profitable in the long run. After all, many high-quality candidates will take salary AND benefits into consideration. Fortunately, at Wolpert Insurance, we work with a team of partners that can help you design a package that you feel will serve to help you retain top employees and attract choice candidates.

What should your group benefits package include? Here are just a few options that we can offer:

  • Health coverage
  • Retirement plans
  • Disability insurance
  • Dental coverage
  • Section 125 payout options
  • Voluntary products
  • and more…

At Wolpert Insurance, we have a clear understanding of the garage and auto body shop industry. We know what it takes to maintain a successful business. Allow our experts to help you to better understand the ins and outs of garage insurance and how you can leverage group benefits to improve your business. Please give us a call at 800-299-6819 to get started or simply take a moment to fill out the free quote form on our website. We look forward to working with you!

Garage Insurance 101: What is Employers Liability Insurance?

Welcome back to Collision Select—a place for news, safety tips, and updates specifically geared toward the repair and auto body shop industry. This week, we are here to dive into another frequently asked question. As your trusted garage insurance provider, we make it a point to try and answer your burning questions. Let’s take a look at this blog’s topic…

Question: What is employers liability insurance?

Answer: Employers liability insurance is designed to protect your auto body shop by insuring against all lawsuits that are due to employment-related injuries and/or illnesses. It is important to know that these types of lawsuits may not only stem from an employee in your shop, but even their family members, relatives, or third parties.

The best part about this type of policy is that it can protect both you AND your employees at the same time. If something unexpected happens on the job, the employee will have protection in place. On the employer side of things, it will protect you from financial ruin due to lawsuits that could stem from these unexpected times. It may provide the following coverage:

  • Employee medical expenses
  • Disability
  • Lost employee wages
  • Support payments to dependents
  • Funeral expenses
  • And more…

At Wolpert Insurance, we offer the most comprehensive employers liability insurance solutions in New England. If you are ready to learn more about this important policy, please give us a call at 800-299-6819 or take a moment to fill out the free quote form on this page. We would be pleased to discuss this type of coverage with you. After all, it is our goal to provide, educate, and protect!