Common Types of Pollution Construction Companies Face

Insurance Marketing / Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Pollution liability insurance helps protect businesses from losses associated with pollution. Construction companies are particularly subject to claims regarding pollution. Here are some common pollution claims made against contractors.


It is essential that construction companies properly dispose of wastewater. Keeping fluids such as oil and diesel out of the local water supply is crucial. Not to mention the other hazardous fluids contractors work with such as paint, cleaners, solvents and debris from demolition to construction.


Protecting the earth starts with the ground. Contaminants can leach through the soil affecting the immediate area or seeping further to the local water supply causing more damage. As referenced on, soil contamination can happen when fuel leaks on the ground either from a truck or due to a tank removal.


Construction companies use a variety of heavy machinery to work. When not properly maintained, these machines can belch pollution into the air including hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Demolition efforts can send toxic chemicals into the air causing pollution.

Contractors who do not have pollution liability insurance must face the financial losses associated with these claims on their own. Most errors and omissions policies do not cover pollution liability. Check your policy to ensure you are covered.