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Old 01-31-2014, 04:02 PM
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Why worry if you have insurance.....you pay them for a reason!



Part of doing business dealing with frivolous suits
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:15 PM
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Why worry if you have insurance.....you pay them for a reason!



Part of doing business dealing with frivolous suits
I like my insurance rates to be low!
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:11 PM
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I would consider adding a freeze sensor to selected systems as a matter of course, and not giving the customers a chance to say "don't install it"
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:54 PM
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I'm with bcg, be prepared to go to court.

Nobody has mentioned if the walk was wet from the irrigation (overspray, out of adjustment spray or rotor, runoff water, extended run times etc.). That's where I can see a problem arising. Why do you think boots winterizes in early August?
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:07 PM
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In the future not only do you need to keep a paper trail, but send emails summarizing phone conversations. You will need to ask them to acknowledge the email also.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:57 PM
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I installed a system for a commercial customer during the summer. This fall, I called about winterizing and they said that they wanted to leave it on during the winter to water the rye grass. Usually we do not have many freezing days in the south but this year has been a different year. Well today they had a customer slip and fall on one of the icy sidewalks and they called me and asked me to turn the system off. I told them I will turn it off and will order a freeze sensor to prevent this from happening in the future. I have no idea how bad the fall was but if the customer was seriously injured and sued the business, is it possible my business could get sued also? I warned the customer about possible freezing weather (I was referring more or less to the pipes, not really the water freezing on sidewalks) but the customer said they would take their chances. My business is fully insured but I prefer not to be sued!!
I'm up in MA. Here is the thing. The property owner has an obligation to provide traction control on any icy surface. Ex salt or sand on any ice. That is not your obligation.. Given that the customer is either providing and paying for the water via town supply or via their own pump then they put water on the sidewalk not you. A reasonable assumption from a reasonable man would be to not put water out when it can freeze. Again your not paid to monitor conditions that are an act of god. IMO
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:03 AM
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I have it fairly lucky that above-ground backflow preventers make timely winterizing a must, leaving little opportunity for icing up a walk.
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