Technological developments make reliance on design advice from manufacturers, suppliers and specialist contractors increasingly necessary. Employers all too readily look to the insurance policies of the traditional design consultants. It would be advisable for these consultants, where they rely on specialist advice obtained from others, to advise on the need for each party to hold suitable insurance cover.
Suppliers are more likely to have insurance against the risk of their products being found not to be fit for purpose than for design. Thus, where a supplier is brought into the design process, it would be advisable to check that suitable insurance is in place.