Battle of the legs: British builders VS Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift attends the premiere of "Easy A" (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift attends the premiere of "Easy A" (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images

It’s not just dancers and athletes - tradesmen in the UK are valuing their body parts for six figure sums.

Taylor Swift’s legs are insured for $40 million (£26 million) - something that many are bound to scoff at. But it’s not so much a declaration of self-importance as it is an occupational sensibility. Her legs, after all, are integral to her ability to dance. It’s all part of the singer/performer package, and she simply insists they are protected.

The same, therefore, would apply to tradesmen and women, whose craft is reliant on a particular part of their body.

Insurance company There® asked 2,000 professionals across 20 different industries to put a value on different body parts to highlight their impact on earning potential.

The national average for a builder’s legs came in at £891,407. The average builder thinks their legs would be worth £1,185,000 for being crucial tools of their trade. Other property professionals have stamped an even higher price point onto their bodily equipment.

Engineers would insure their eyes for £3.4 million, followed by plumbers and electricians at £3.1 million who also put one of the highest price tags on their hands at £2.2 million, with their index finger alone being worth £1,196,107 in compensation. Telecoms workers have valued their eyes at £2.6 million. 75% of interior designers valued their hands and arms at £1.4 million, admitting that their job would be nearly impossible without them.

Philippa McLaglen, Marketing Manager from There® explains: “Being fit and healthy is crucial to an individual’s ability to do their job which is why, despite so many other financial pressures, 1 in 4 in our study has considered insuring themselves against being unable to work due to injury. With financial protection, anything is better than nothing if you get injured and can’t do your job.”

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64% of self-employed workers retained that there is extra pressure on their physical well-being because they are self-employed. “The self-employed are especially at risk and feel the pinch more than those who have the safety net of an employer that provides sick pay,” continued Ms McLaglen. “Taylor Swift insuring her legs isn’t as mad as it sounds.”