United Marine Aggregates Ltd v G.M.Welding & Engineering Ltd & Anor [2012] EWHC 779

The claimant (UMA) had engaged the defendant (GM) to carry out works at its plant which included welding. A fire occurred as a result of these hot works. Court found that GM was not liable to UMA for this fire as on the facts GM had acted with reasonable skill and care when carrying out the works.

However, it was held that had GM been liable, their claim for an indemnity from their insurers would have failed as they had breached one of the conditions of their insurance in respect of hot works, reminding of the importance of complying with insurers’