What are the risksfor a business owner if they allow food vendors on their property?

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What are the risksfor a business owner if they allow food vendors on their property?

I work for a manufacturing business that allows food vendor (catering) trucks on the property to sell food to our employees. What kind of insurance should they have in case someone gets ill or harms themself in some way by the catering food/vehicle? Are we, the property owners, responsibile if someone get ill or harmed?

Asked on February 22, 2011 under Personal Injury, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

1) As property owners, you could possibly be liable if someone becomes ill or is otherwise harmed. The issue will be whether you were in some way--

a) negligent; did you allow them on despite some reason to believe there were health or safety issues?

b) responsible, in that you acted in such a way that it could be taken you were contracting with or providing the food.

It's not a given that the property owner would be liable, but circumstances give rise to an actual or  even inference of a relationship with the vendor or negligence  in allowing these vendors, it could happen.

2) They should maintain liability insurance in some reasonable amount (preferably over $100k) and be able to prove they have the insurance.


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