Boiler Inspections are undertaken on traction engines by Boiler Surveyors or Inspectors who are either employed by a corporate body or they work for themselves as an independent inspector.
If an owner chooses to use an Independent Boiler Inspector the NTET recommends that the Boiler Inspector bases inspection on the NTET’s Written Scheme of Examination and the associated Inspection Report Documents, as shown in Part 4 of the Engine Owners Code of Practice.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
The Independent Inspector should hold proof that Professional Indemnity insurance is in force.
The Trust believes this type of insurance is essential to safeguard the engine owner should an inspector make an erroneous judgement which ultimately leads either to premature failure of a pressure system or requires work to be undertaken that later proves to be unnecessary.
Without Professional Indemnity insurance cover the consequential costs of an erroneous decision would most likely have to be borne by the owner.
It is the responsibility of the engine owner to appoint a competent person to inspect the boiler. Therefore it is in the owners interest to ensure that all necessary insurances and working practices are in place which provide protect to the owner.
Corporate Inspecting Bodies
Most corporate inspecting bodies are insurance underwriters in their own right and therefore are self-insurers. These include Royal Sun Alliance, Allianz, Haughton Engineering, Zurich, Bureau Veritas, SGS UK Ltd all of whom are involved with heritage steam.
NTET Insurance Disc Scheme
NTET Insurance Discs are a simple method of displaying the status of insurance, inspections and working pressure of traction engines and steam powered stationary engines.
The Discs are issued by the NTET’s Insurance Officer and also insurance brokers who have undertaken only to issue them against a boiler inspector’s report where the inspector has a current certificate of PI Insurance registered with the NTET’s Insurance Officer.