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Imprelis Update Pertaining to Liability Insurance

08 Aug 2011 8:00 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)


 Statement from the OISC

Statement from OISC

A Turf Professional’s Guide to Suspected Imprelis Herbicide Injury in the Landscape

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Past updates can viewed in our BLOG.

Purdue News Service: Avoid use of herbicide Imprelis, Purdue experts advise

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To:  All IPLLA Members

From:  Bob Andrews, Executive Director

Subjects:  Imprelis update pertaining to liability insurance 

IPLLA News Update – August 8, 2011

The ongoing and developing story surrounding DuPont’s herbicide Imprelis has prompted a number of questions to IPLLA regarding liability insurance and who indeed is responsible for the damage incurred from the use of this product.  Let me try and answer some of those questions after consulting with Scott McGinness of Gregory & Appel Insurance in Indianapolis.  These answers hold true for any pesticide and for any commercial applicator.

  1. As a licensed applicator company, you are required to carry insurance for a claim which entails damage that results from an indirect chemical application.  This is called a Herbicide and Pesticide Applicator Endorsement and its inclusion, in your liability policy, is required as a condition of licensing by the Office of the Indiana State Chemist.

  2. Commercial applicators need to be properly licensed by the Indiana State Chemist in order for their insurance agent to respond to any such damage claims.  That is one of the conditions of the endorsement.  If you are not properly licensed at the time damage happened, then you cannot expect any coverage.

  3. Most policies contain a deductible and $500 is a common number.  This means per occurrence which usually is translated into “per application”.  Thus, the deductible would apply to each and every occurrence or application..

  4. IPLLA members are urged to put their insurance agent on notice if you suspect that your use of Imprelis may result in a claim.   The more your agent knows, and the sooner they know it, may help you a good deal in the long run.

  5. Even if you did not use Imprelis, this incident is good cause to check with your agent to see that you are properly covered if a similar issue raises its ugly head in the future.  Mr. McGinness and his firm will be on hand at the August 25th Summer Field Day to help answer any questions you might have.

I want to emphasize that all involved fully expect DuPont to repair and replace what they must do in order to rectify the damage caused.  It is not a good idea to remove damaged trees right now, or to immediately file a claim with your insurance company.  If you have filed suspected damage notices with the State Chemist, and with DuPont, then you have done what you should be doing at this stage in this ever changing story.

We’ll continue to do our best to stay on top of the story.

Field Day Registration

Registration information for the August 25th Field Day is now posted on line at IPLLA.COM and informational booklets were mailed on July 5th.  Once you see the entire educational program, I hope you will find something of interest for everyone involved in your operation.  As IPLLA grows, we certainly understand our responsibility to bring you the very best and very latest in green industry education.  Plan on joining us for the 25th Annual Field Day.  I’ll look forward to seeing you.



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