Just because you're a miner doesn't mean you can't get life insurance or income protection. Here's what you need to know.
Miners face challenges getting life insurance thanks to the high-risk nature of the industry. But insurers assess your insurability based on the actual work you do, not your job title. If you're in a high-risk role you could still be insurable.
Two of the best policies for miners are life insurance and income protection insurance.
- Life insurance. Your family receives a lump sum payment in the event of your death.
- Income protection insurance. Get monthly benefit payments of up to 75% of your income if you're injured or sick and unable to work.
Read on to learn more about insurance for miners.
What are some of the risks miners face?
Miners face serious dangers at work. Potential risks include:
- Gas explosions
- Hearing loss
- Respiratory health problems
- Cave-ins or tunnel collapses
What types of insurance should miners consider?
Aside from life and income protection insurance, miners might also look at trauma or TPD insurance. Here are the details, benefits and drawbacks of each policy type.
|Total and permanent disability (TPD)|
Some insurers let you bundle policies together, or give you extra options. You could get a life insurance policy with a TPD benefit option, for example.
How do insurers classify miners for insurance purposes?
Income protection insurance depends on how your occupation is classified by your insurance company. Premium costs and cover options differ for white collar, blue collar and professional collar workers. Workers in the mining industry can be classified as:
|Job type||Classification||Impact on insurance|
|Clerical or executive manager||White collar||White collar workers face no exposure to any occupational hazards and typically work in offices. Premiums are lower.|
|Explosives handler (surface and underground)||Not insurable||The most dangerous jobs are uninsurable. You may require a different form of specialised insurance or a policy from your employer.|
|Surface or underground miner (no explosives)||Special risk||Hazardous work with a higher risk. You'll have to pay extra on your premiums, which is called a premium loading.|
|Surface workers||Rated for the usual occupation||If you work in the mining industry but you work as an electrician, for example, your insurer will classify you as an electrician.|
When you apply for an insurance policy make sure you specify the exact nature of your work as accurately as possible. This will help you get the right cover and avoid losing out due to exclusions or failure to fully disclose information.
Some miners work underground while others work above ground in open-pit or strip mines. Underground miners are at risk from cave-ins or collapses and generally face greater dangers. Above-ground miners face risks of their own. Machinery injuries are common and above-ground miners are exposed to waste material and environmental hazards.