Question About In-Home Workshops

Discussion in 'Workshops & Lectures' started by davetravis, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. davetravis

    davetravis Member

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    I'm thinking about offering an E-6 development/Ilfochrome printing thing in my home. All of it would be in my basement studio, probably 3-5 students per.
    Do any of you do this in your home?
    Are there any insurance liability issues?
    Thanks.
    DT
     
  2. Jim Noel

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    I do this ocasionallly. I would never do so without additional liability insurance specifically aimed at covering workshop participants. Check with your homeowners agent to find out how to do this. Although you might get away without insurance for a while, to not do so is to risk everything you own.
     
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    My attorney wous say YES.

    My attorney is crazy, but he is right, if you have something to risk...

    However, if you aren't afraid of losing everything he is wrong.

    But, I don't really know where I stand on this issue ;-)

    Corey
     
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    You might get by with a "release of liability" form they sign.
     
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    I heard an attorney say once that "any person can sue any other person for any reason." A release of liability might be a good defense from a lawsuit, but you're still going to have to hire a lawyer to defend you. Get the insurance!
     
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    If you do I will be your first student! Let me know what you decide.

    D.
     
  7. davetravis

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    Great Derek!
    I'm wrapping up my show season this weekend, then will try and put it all together after Thanksgiving.
    Thanks for the interest.
    DT
     
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    This seems a great idea to me. A kind of try before you buy. I know if I hadn't taken a B&W course at a local college, I'd have never started my darkroom. The wife's still got a contract out on the college tutor!

    I know the law is funny and it differs from country to country but at the college the darkroom was full of chemicals and wires to enlargers etc and it was quite dark as well. It seemed to operate on the basis that all the students were capable of exercising reasonable care, would not drink the chemicals and were not irresponsible minors. If it was safe enough for the tutor then it was safe enough for the students.

    If that was the attitude of a local educational body then it ought to apply to one-man teaching courses.

    If there is a God then let him save us from a "tumblers" paradise. I think that is what they label a person in the U.S. trying to have an accident for compensation.

    Best of luck. Pity that Colorado is just a bit more than a bus ride away for me but if I ever do get there, can I say that I take all my chemicals with a touch of Scottish spring water.

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    I will be by to see you in Longmont tomorrow Dave. You will be just up the road from me.

    D.
     
  10. davetravis

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    Pentaxuser,
    Thanks for the encouragement! I'm meeting with the insurance agent after our Thanksgiving holiday.
    But if you ever do make it to Colorado, you'll have to trade your favorite scotch for Coors Extra Gold!:tongue:

    Derek,
    We don't get our booth numbers until check-in, so when you get to the door, ask where I'm located.
    See ya there!
    DT