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Like Taylor Swift, British workers put million pound price tags on their arms and legs

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12 September 2015

Taylor Swift has insured her legs for millions of pounds, but our bricklayers and electricians think they are worth almost as much.

Singer Taylor Swift is understood to have had her famous legs insured for £26m, but British workers believe their body parts are worth just as much.

In an unusual survey, insurance brand There(R) asked 2,000 workers across 20 different industries to put an insurance value on different body parts to highlight their impact on earning potential.

It turned out that eyes were the most valued, followed by face, hands then legs.

Engineers topped the table with an insurance value on their eyes of £3.4m, followed by plumbers and electricians at £3.1m and telecoms workers at £2.6m.

Plumbers and electricians also put one of the highest price tags on their hands at
£2.2m, with their index finger alone being worth £1.1m in value from loss of income.

The survey found that the average builder thinks their legs would be worth a stunning £1.1m for being crucial tools of their trade. Engineers and lawyers are even more precious about their limbs, putting their worth at an astonishing £1.2m.

Telecoms workers value their legs even higher at a staggering £1.9m.

There(R) said doctors and nurses would ask for £1.1m and the average shop worker, traditionally on their feet a lot during the day, said they would value their legs at just over £1million.

Three quarters of designers said they wouldn’t be able to do their job if they injured
their hands or arms putting a £1.4m insurance price tag on their limbs whilst 77 per cent of the hospitality industry also admitted they couldn’t do their jobs if they injured their hands.

The research also showed a difference between self-employed and employed workers.

Self-employed people said they were more likely to think insurance against injury is a
sensible precaution, 57 per cent versus 45 per cent, and that 64 per cent of them felt more pressure to take care of their physical well-being because they are self-employed.

Philippa McLaglen, marketing manager from There(R) said: “Taylor Swift reportedly
insuring her legs isn’t as mad as it sounds; they’re part of the ‘Taylor Swift’ brand and
so can affect her earning power. 

“Similarly damage to a builder’s leg or an engineer’s eye could have a big impact on their earning potential. Being fit and healthy is crucial to an individual’s ability to do their job which is why, despite so many other financial pressures, one in four in our study has considered insuring themselves against being unable to work due to injury. With financial protection, anything is better than nothing to pay the bills if you get injured and can’t do your job.”