Tis’ the season for inflatable vandalism…or so it seems. Yesterday alone there were at least five news articles from across the country of inflatable Christmas displays that were vandalized or stolen. Whether you rent Christmas themed bounce houses, or have Christmas inflatables outside your business/home this is something you definitely need to be on the lookout for.
Larry Cossio, the leading insurance expert and industry speaker, will be giving 15 minute insurance seminars for Party Rentals, Indoor Centers & FEC. Larry Cossio & the agents of the CIA will be traveling to IAAPA in Orlando on November 15th to the 18th. The mini seminars will be held at the larger booth #6157 at the following times:
- Party Rentals: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 11:30
- Indoor Centers: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 1:30
- Family Entertainment Centers: Tuesday & Wednesday at 3:30
At a Cinco de Mayo carnival in Omaha, Nebraska an 11 year old girl’s scalp was torn from her head when her long hair got caught in a carnival ride called “King’s Crown”. Witnesses say that she slipped from her seat onto the floor of the ride and her hair got caught in the spinning mechanism in the middle of the ride. The ride kept spinning for up to 5-10 minutes as people yelled for the operator to stop the ride. She also suffered a skull fracture in the incident. Graphic images after her surgery show where her scalp was reattached right along her eyes. Her family says the doctor’s do not know if the girl will ever be able to see again.
Reza Baluchi nicknamed “Captain Bubble” plans on making a second attempt to roll his inflatable bubble from Pompano Beach Florida all the way to Bermuda in the ocean. His water ball is a homemade inflatable bubble encased in attached tracks, which he calls his “Hydro Pod”. His first attempt to make the 1,033 mile trip in 2014 ended in him having to be rescued by the US Coast Guard. Despite his previous failure he has made plans to try again.
The owner of Action Joe’s, a party rental company that rents out Bungee Trampolines, Hamster Balls, Portable Rock Walls, Zip Lines & Inflatable Slides has been accused of producing child pornography. Police were first contact on March 18th when a woman called saying that the owner (Joe Masters) had tried to molest her 9 year old daughter. The St. Ann Missouri police obtained a search warrant for his home & hidden surveillance video of children in his home. In one video a girl was taped using the bathroom. Continue reading “Bungee Trampoline Rental Owner accused of Child Pornography”
According to an article by a Canadian newspaper The Citizen 100 a British Columbia man is suing two different businesses over a “avulsion” finger injury he claims to have received while riding a mechanical bull an event by L.A. Promotions and Tent Rentals at its Family Fun Centre. Both the event promoter & the property owner are being sued. The man is suing for “past and future loss of income and future earning capacity among other types of damage.” (The Citizen 100)
There are two things to get out of this story. The first is something that we always tell are event planners & special event promoters. When someone is injured at an event they will often times not only sue the owner of the device they were hurt on, but also event planners, the venue, rental companies, manufacturers of devices & any one else they can find potentially responsible. This is why it is important to have liability insurance…can you afford to pay for legal costs to defend your business & the possible damages you may have to pay out?
The second thing that we would like to mention is that this type of finger injury IS possible on a mechanical bull. We have actually had a claim come in where the participants finger was actually pulled off because he had his finger looped in the rope when he was bucked off of the bull. The claim was closed with $50,799 paid out. Does that sound like something you can afford?
We are pleased to announce that eInflatables has chosen the CIA to be the preferred provider for all of their inflatable customers.
Making sure you party rentals are set-up safely just got a whole lot easier! With the new Party Rental Safety Checklist App from Cossio Insurance Agency you can easily document the set-up and safety of your party rentals. The best part is that this program is FREE for customers of the Cossio Insurance Agency! The app allows you to keep track of customer rentals, document proper set-up and even get directions to your rentals. WATCH A QUICK TOUR AND WALK-THROUGH or visit rentalsafetychecklist.com to get started. The app is is BETA version so if you have any problems, questions or suggestions feel free to contact Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org
FunPro & Thomco announced that effective April 1st, 2015 they will pulling out of the party rental insurance industry. This announcement has led to much confusion & worry for customers that currently have insurance with FunPro. In the video below Larry Cossio explains exactly what this announcement means for you if you have an insurance policy with FunPro.
Okay, it’s official, Markel Insurance Company that purchased Thomco and the Funpro program will be closing it’s program for new business effective 4/1/15 and sending out non renewal notices. Cossio Insurance was chosen to provide insurance for some of their direct customers and we would be able to help anyone receiving these non renewal letters. Continue reading “FunPro is No Longer Insuring Party Rentals”