[hackerspaces] Insurance for makerspace

Bob Bownes bownes at gmail.com
Sun Jun 1 05:36:15 CEST 2014

We got ours under teh 'club' heading, were very upfront about what we do,
gave them a full list of equipment, and pointed out we got a sawstop table
saw just for the liability aspect. When they heard about the sawstop, they
were pretty thrilled.  We also gave them the outline for our safety


On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 10:28 PM, Ben Brown <ben at generik.ca> wrote:

>  We had some initial issues as well, but once one of the insurance
> companies figured out how to classify us (they went with something like
> 'private club workshop', we were flying. We didn't keep them in the dark
> about what we did, and as a result they even made sure our liability
> insurance covered events that we run outside of our space (like Mini Maker
> Faire).
> We upped our coverage when adding new big-ticket items, and also when we
> moved into our new space about 1.5 years ago, still no problems. Of course,
> we've never had to make a claim so far either. That said, we assume that
> any colossal fuckup that gets lawyers involved would likely close our doors
> anyway, regardless of how the insurance lands.
> Not sure how different it is in the US as opposed to Canada, but they may
> have an easier time wrapping their head around it if you refer to your
> space as a club or private workshop as opposed to a hackerspace/makerspace.
> Don't leave out exactly what activities are going on though.
> Good luck,
> Ben
> On 5/31/2014 7:55 PM, Nick Pollara wrote:
> I am setting up a makerspace in NJ and I am having trouble getting g
> insurance. Does anyone have a recommendation?
> If this is a repeat question I apologize, but I have not figured out to
> access the archives.
> Thanks,
> Nicolas Pollara
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