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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by rocksaranac, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. rocksaranac

    rocksaranac Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Please forgive for all the questions. In reading all the threads on this sight I have noticed a lot about salting and customers refusing salting and this brought to my attention liability issues such as if they only want me to plow snow and somone slips and falls is that my fault? Do you put wording in your contracts that may limit your liability if they do not want salt but of course want bare parking lot all through a storm? I think I could word this question a couple hundred different ways but you will all know what I am getting at. I want to protect myself as much as possible. Thanks again, cr
     
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    The main thing is to get them to initial something like "salt (or sand) is declined". Perhaps also "customer will contact contractor to arrange salting (sanding)". "Customer understands that contractor will not be able to respond immediately to requests for service". "Customer understands that plowing only will not result in bare surface."
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I have salting at owner request only, for a additional charge.
     
  4. rocksaranac

    rocksaranac Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Thank you...that was very helpful. Do you know if that will help in any way with the liability if they decline the service?
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    There's a old lawyer saying. Sue everyone and figure it out later.Most of the time if the owner declined salting in the contract you may be ok. but you never know.
     
  6. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    It'll HELP, but like Grandview said - anything's possible. I knew of a case where an owner got sued and lost because someone broke into his house clearly posted "No Trespassing". Owner had rigged a 12-gauge to the front door.
     
  7. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,552

    OK lets high jack this post and start a war!


    SOOO your saying if the posted speed is 35 MPH and you go 50 a cop can walk up to you and shoot you in the head? It was posted (35MPH, and you broke the law)! I think you need the punishment to fit the crime.
     
  8. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Not hungry (not taking the bait). Start a new thread in the OFF TOPIC section, if you want.
     
  9. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Well maybe the guy had something that said get out when he opened the door because I think all you have to do is tell them to get out and if they refuse its legal :gunsfiring::gunsfiring:
     
  10. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Let the owner decide if he wants salt and have him sign his decision. Best you can do to protect yourself other then not plowing at all.....lol