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#1 Bret Allen

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Posted 22 October 2005 - 03:03 PM

I have been a Steadicam owner/operator, and a Tulip crane, for nearly twenty years. This summer I invested in a Jimmy Jib Triangle and have been working it pretty well.

I just got booked on a ?King of the Cage? fight in Reno for next weekend, two days at full rate. When I received my deal memo from the production company, this was one of the SPECIAL PROVISIONS

1. The Jib Operator will provide a Certificate of Insurance naming the below Names and Addresses as Additional Insured: (And they list about four of the Hotels that are involved including the production company them selves.

2. The Jib Operator agrees to hold harmless the Booking Agent for any damage or loss incurred to any equipment or harm to their person at the agreed event.

I have never had a production company ask me to provide liability insurance before, in fact I always have obtained the insurance cert. from the production company.

Has anyone else ever run into this? Any suggestions on how I should handle it? How much is it going to cost me to get liability insurance?

Thanks for any advice, Bret
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#2 Jeff Muhlstock SOC

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Posted 22 October 2005 - 05:42 PM

Having seen a jib come crumbling down over an audience several years ago, I would be supprised that you would not have insurance allready, swinging these arms over people has a degree of risk. With that said, typically the production company must show you there insurance for gear rented, additionally they must carry it for permits and such, so yes this is strange that they would ask you, but I can understand why. Its my understanding, from my friends who own JIBS, that both Producyion company and Individuals carry Liability Insurance. Regardless of what happens with this job, you should seriously look into coverage anyway, god forbid an accident.

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#3 Bret Allen

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Posted 23 October 2005 - 09:26 PM

Good advice Jeff, it may cost me the equivalent to a job or two to get liability, but better to be safe then to loose my house.

In the meantime, I simply explained to the production company that I do not carry liability insurance and that I will require a CI from them. They responded ?no problem, we?ll add you to ours? no argument, as I scratch my head?

Problem solved. I just have never encountered this before. Thanks for the input.
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