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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13235

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Bringing this up as it caught me by surprise reading it.
I don't do markets, do my sharpening at home after meeting people for pickup or mail in's, but thought this was important enough for all, especially those that sharpen in public.

Following a thread on a group where a mishap took place at a market.

Bottom line, a kid stuck his finger in a Tormex that was turning ... result was a finger in the trough.
Sharpener is worried about repercussions even though he has insurance.

Just something to think about when interacting with the folks.

I always am careful when returning knives, stressing the fact of how sharp they now are and how to tell all that handle them to understand that they are not the same as before ... so they must approach them with a certain mindset.

Lately have been thinking of going a bit mobile, and running across the thread, will be sure to take proactive measures when I do.

Thought it was important enough to pass on to all if your interacting with the public with any equipment.
Keep on our toes and set up accordingly.
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13240

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Bottom line his parents should have been responsible the Tormek is a machine albeit a slow one 130 rpm whilst the WE is a tool but would that kid put himself in front of a car and in reality shouldn't his parents or guardians be responsible.
We cannot continue to make other people liable for lack of care or stupidity !

The luxury yachting scene will not employ American deckhands unless they are American flagged because know one wants the hassle of having to pay compensation for someones stupidity plus boats are dangerous in what can be one of the most hostile environments on the planet (so who looses out Americans!).

What a shame it is that someone making a few bucks supplying a valid service in a small way will probable have to have liability insurance and perhaps a license to operate for a trade that has been around since the iron age just in case the liars -sorry lawyers want to make some money.

It is sad that England has gone that way with Police selling accident information to law firms not only that because of bogus claims insurance is much higher than it should be so everyone but the liars- lawyers have to pay more .

Perhaps a sign saying something like sharp things do not touch should suffice.
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13241

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Leo, agree. But sadly we live in a litigious world.

As I'm looking into Flea Markets was surprised to find liability ins more or less a standard ... you are on someone else's property.

Another reason why I try and meet folks say in a parking lot for pickup and exchanges.
If your in their house, no different than a painter, liability is an issue.
Same goes if they come to your house.

Just posted as I was surprised and didn't think of it.
Better to play on the safe side and keep things out of reach at the very least.
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13242

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Funnily enough A lot of the knives I do I pick next to a nearby petrol station since there is parking along side it and it is usually a spot people know.
You are of course right and since there are some people that will go out of their way to gain an injury with the sole intent of some easy money .
Perhaps we should call it something like anti money grabbing idiot insurance.
Really is a shame that we live in times where fear is used to control .
Thank you for clarifying liabilities which I suspect are probable well on the way to standardisation .

What sort of price do you have to pay to cover your liabilities?
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13244

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Right now I'm riding under my painting company insurance as a DBA so both companies are consolidated.

But am thinking about going separate as I'm sure I'm stretching it.

Prices range all over, and you mention knives to the company and look out ... talk tools and maintenance instead.
Seeing 500 to over 1k, but am hoping to find an organization/group ins.

If anyone knows of one holler.
Many orgs have group policies that you can get in on by joining the org.

For instance, IDAL is an international stenciling group (stenciling and decorative painting fall together), fee to join is like $80, as an international group they have a member policy ... $312 for $1mil coverage liability.

Hoping to find something similar in maybe scissors orgs as they seem to be better organized than knife sharpeners makers.

Anyone have any knowledge, drop a line.
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13245

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Oh Leo, one option I looked into is getting a box with UPS or FEDEX.
Takes that liability issue away.
Clients can then drop off and then pick up.

The independent UPS stores you can make an arrangement with.
Will hit a FEDEX store at a local busy multi highway circle.
I use the lot to meet folks from all points as they pass on their commutes right there.
I don't know if FEDEX is independent .. doesn't look it .. way more organized than the UPS places.
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13246

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So it seems to be the norm today always you pay then I suppose there are two options like you do keep it a clandestine operation or go big and hope the volume of business is sufficient to keep the prices down for the customer .

There are a lot of old style sharpeners here Mallorca that have a grinding wheel powered from the back wheel of a moped I cannot see them lasting too long - which in reality charge to much for their often destructive workmanship and since they often de-temper the blades they get to re sharpen the knives every week it helps if you have one leg for effect and I think half the work they get here is through charitable people; as a foreigner i do not get that nor would i want that. I want the work because firstly I care about what I do and have yet to find someone doing it better.
The one time I was impressed by the convex thinning and cutting bevels someone had done on a grinding wheel the steel had heat damage,
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13247

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Now that sounds like a most viable solution.
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13254

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zig wrote:
Right now I'm riding under my painting company insurance as a DBA so both companies are consolidated.

But am thinking about going separate as I'm sure I'm stretching it.

Prices range all over, and you mention knives to the company and look out ... talk tools and maintenance instead.
Seeing 500 to over 1k, but am hoping to find an organization/group ins.

If anyone knows of one holler.
Many orgs have group policies that you can get in on by joining the org.

For instance, IDAL is an international stenciling group (stenciling and decorative painting fall together), fee to join is like $80, as an international group they have a member policy ... $312 for $1mil coverage liability.

Hoping to find something similar in maybe scissors orgs as they seem to be better organized than knife sharpeners makers.

Anyone have any knowledge, drop a line.

Yeah, make sure you post here as I am very interested in this too... primarily if someone cuts themselves on a blade I sharpen for them lol. Would your insurance cover this do you think?
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Oh Leo, one option I looked into is getting a box with UPS or FEDEX.
Takes that liability issue away.
Clients can then drop off and then pick up.

The independent UPS stores you can make an arrangement with.
Will hit a FEDEX store at a local busy multi highway circle.
I use the lot to meet folks from all points as they pass on their commutes right there.
I don't know if FEDEX is independent .. doesn't look it .. way more organized than the UPS places.

this is exactly what I did... I got a "drop box" location at a local UPS store where the owner and I hit it off (you may even offer to sharpen his knives for him). Now he and his other worker are quite familiar w/ the deal... a customer drops off blades in some type of packaging (even an envelope) w/ their name and number written on it or inside and then they notify me. I pick them up, sharpen them, drop them back off thte next day. Then I notify the customer who swings by and picks up the blades and leaves a check or cash for me (never had an issue yet). Not to mention it works perfect w/ mail-in knife sharpening. I also have partnered w/ some local gun shops as a drop off point... but it may scare some people away lol.
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Awareness for those dealing in the public 11 months 2 weeks ago #13255

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Gonna call my home insurance.
Read some guys got a rider in the low 200's.
Might as well try.

I have a rider on camera gear so why not if doable?
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