It was difficult to convince the bosses at the time; that the equipment to be purchased should be insured against theft, damage and accidents. It is understandable in the first instance, with questions such as:
If the team will then donate to the municipality Why not better that they pay the insurance?
Against robberies? Does not this give our staff the chance to give it away?
Against accidents? Is our staff so clumsy?
Are we ready for this? Insurers never lose.
The amount was not even much, in this country you could still do for 200 dollars a year, not bad for a team whose price exceeded the 8,000 dollars. So every time I left with the orange suitcases, the administration witches would recriminate me:
«... there goes our super technician, with the super team, super insured ...»
Until the first incident happened:
The mayor's cousin got up bad-tempered, ran past the park and took the meeting tripod. In this case I had no theodolite mounted, so the damage was just for what it cost the tripod, about 400 dollars.
Then my lawsuit returned. The insurance did not recognize this damage because it was less than the deductible, which was usually 10%.
"I told you," said my boss, with the eyes of an early squid. -The insurers always win.
No way, to charge the tripod to the mayor. While the technicians made a splint that tarnished the sharpness of bright yellow and more like a cripple of Vietnam. Although the insurer was in a position to want to accuse the culprit of terrorism, because it did not look like an accident but an act of revenge for doing the cadastre with a fiscal focus.
Within months, another team arrived with their damage report. The insurer demanded that it be sent to the specialized house.
It is impressive, but it seems that the fall caused the turn to be blocked, and instead of reporting it they forced it so much that it broke inside (they told me in confidence). So here it was an accident, but followed by an awkwardness. In the face of total damage like that, the insurer paid for the new equipment ... but not before fighting for not being sent to the United States to verify that, in effect, as the damage report said, it was "crap."
Other minor incidents happened, with which we gained experience, but there was one that I found interesting. The technician called me reporting the accident. I answered that I immediately look for the municipal police judge and that I made a record of the incident to send to the insurer.
I admit that I exaggerate a little, but the report of the trustee was so lyrical that it sounded like this:
It was Wednesday, a fiery sun sought to steal a furtive kiss to the lazy horizon, that resigned in the afternoon did nothing but spread the wait in flashes tundra tones and toasted sienna. His orange hue HEX #d46138 gave a magical touch to sunset, the untimely rays filtered through the branches causing a melancholic touch on my tanned face, resulting from almost three days lifting the sewer system of the Municipality of San Marcos, Santa Barbara.
Suddenly, from one of the pastures on the left side, which were already in their second month of growth of grass hen, appeared a white horse ash, pulling as gray, opaque in the meantime, not so much; your pace Light andante and troop in compass 3 / 4 surprised me, I had no time to protect my humanity before the discordant arpeggio of such a scenario. It demolished the total station and disappeared with the same sensation with which it came: like lightning that goes out to the east and sets to the west, almost like the coming of the son of man ...
The machine landed at 8 seconds from the contact with the right abdomen of the bovid, the keyboard brushed a stone and detached the F1 piece and then cracked against a limestone buried in an 89% of the ground, resulting from the balastre on that brown floor Which in my opinion was Consolidated shale. And there I was, astonished, while there by the palisade I could hear the neighing in F sharp, plaintive as if weighed down by the non-compensable prejudice caused ...
The Pauline Epistle was longer, and just that impression caused me when I read it. Heh heh
The insurer sent the equipment to the representative of the brand, and after a couple of minutes, his eyebrows fell, stretched, buckled and said that unforgettable phrase:
"Horse in poet surveyor!"
The little time left for me this afternoon, missing the girl who lights my eyes, we will stop the prose to honor the title of the article.
5 Recommendations for total station insurance:
1 The first step after buying a total station is to secure it.
2 Establish a rules of use and care, and train your staff to respect it.
3 Teach them to report incidents.
4 Learn how insurers work.
5 Praying does not hurt.