In complex multi-party construction accident cases, applicability of commercial general liability (CGL) coverage and workers’ compensation (WC) 1B coverage is an oft-litigated issue. Most construction contracts require subcontractors to obtain separate WC and CGL policies.

General contractors will routinely require subcontractors to name the general contractor and owner as “additional insureds” on their policies. The WC 1B carrier provides liability coverage for bodily injury sustained by an employee, excluding coverage of the employer for contractual indemnity but covering it for common law indemnity or contribution. The CGL carrier provides coverage to the employer for contractual indemnity but excludes coverage for common law indemnity or contribution pursuant to the CGL employee exclusion.

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