[hackerspaces] Insurance for makerspace

john lunger justj1915 at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 5 02:23:29 CEST 2014

I am in the US and also seeking insurance for outreach events and space. Please send me info. 
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 From: Bert Hartmann <berthartm at gmail.com>
To: Hackerspaces General Discussion List <discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org> 
Sent: Monday, June 2, 2014 6:28 AM
Subject: Re: [hackerspaces] Insurance for makerspace

Nick, I have a recommendation for a company a few of us in NJ are using. I'll send it to you off list.

On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 11:36 PM, Bob Bownes <bownes at gmail.com> wrote:

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 programs. 
>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,
>>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.
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