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Event Terms and Conditions

HEALTH AND SAFETY

I Agree to read the risk assessment that outlines the common dangers you should be aware of before agreeing to attend the fossil hunt. There may be other unforeseen dangers not described. Bad weather conditions may also increase the extent of risks. The risk assessment document is available to download in the event description.
Your safety is our main concern during any UKAFH, UK Fossils, event. Before you attend any of the fossil hunts, it is vitally important that you understand the dangers you may come across and how to avoid them. The majority of the time, fossil hunting is reasonably safe; however, like many recreational activities it’s not possible to exclude all danger.

Productive fossil hunting locations tend to be in areas where erosion levels are high. In these areas you are likely to be faced with unpredictable terrain, e.g. slippery surfaces, falling rocks, steep drops, unstable surface and areas prone to isolation by the incoming tide.

On our fossil hunts we aim to minimise the risk to all of those taking part. Prevailing weather conditions and unpredictable terrain may mean the planned route is changed on the day. Any changes to the planned route will be agreed in discussion with the group at the time.

If you or any persons accompanying you has a medical condition that may increase their personal risk, please inform us in writing prior to the fossil hunt.

Anyone under the age of 18 years is defined as a young person and must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Please ensure that you check the suitability of all sites as stated on the website before signing young people up. Also please ensure you follow the Young Person PPE rules.

PUBLIC LIABILITY POLICY

As you would expect, UKAFH hold Public Liability Insurance that will cover members against claims arising out of negligence being made and subsequently in a court of law, by third parties. Our Liability policy is through Event Insurance LTD.

CONDITIONS OF INVOLVEMENT

You must be 18 or over to register for UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE events. If you are under 18 you will need to be accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over who is willing to act on your behalf and accept responsibility for your safety. Children and families are welcome (on family friendly events) when accompanied by the adult who registered the places and accepts responsibility for their safety and actions. Children must be supervised at all times by their parents or guardian carers

CODE OF CONDUCT, OVER COLLECTION AND COMMERCIAL COLLECTING

Many of the locations visited are geologically and environmentally sensitive with specific guidelines and laws (SSSI) affecting the activities that are undertaken there. We ask all participants to respect the locations visited and avoid causing damage to the sites. On some of the hunts e.g. quarries: Fossils can be found in situ, the UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE team will give guidance on the day how to remove them. In coastal locations, fossil collecting will be concentrated on the loose material on the beach foreshore. We will be keeping members away from the cliffs due to the risk of rock falls and the constant erosion that takes place in these exposed locations.

We ask that all members act responsibly throughout the fossil hunt and avoid causing unnecessary disturbance to other members of the group and the general public. Should your actions result in disturbance or injury to a member of the group or the public, (whether they are part of the fossil hunt or not) you agree to take complete responsibly. Responsible fossil collecting, at all of our fossil hunts is a must. Please only take enough specimens for your own personal collection. Commercial collecting of any kind of over collecting will result in a life-time ban from UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE.
*See fossil hunting code on www.ukfossils.co.uk

PERSONAL PROPERTY

UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE will not accept responsibility for personal property of anyone attending the fossil hunt. You understand that any personal property used or carried with you, left in vehicles or at any other location is done so at your own personal risk. You should also know that if your actions, or the actions of anyone who joins you, causes damage to the property of UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE, any third parties, the land owner or another member of the fossil hunting group, or general public, are solely your responsibility.

SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY

The following declaration is provided to make clear that you are responsible for your personal safety and to exclude the UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE event team leaders from liability in the event of an accident or injury during the fossil hunt. By attending a UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE fossil hunt, you take full responsibility for your own safety and anyone that accompanies you on our fossil hunts.

UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE events are as safe as we can possibly make them, there are potential hazards in the locations visited that could result in serious injury or death. By agreeing to participate in a fossil hunt, you are confirming to have read and understood the hazards outlined in the disclosure provided. We also advise that you do a little research of your own before attending the event.

UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE undertake a reconnaissance visit of sites visited and undertake a risk assessment for each visit.

Due to the fossil hunting being outdoor events, UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE cannot control the weather conditions. By attending the fossil hunting event you agree to continually assess the weather and environment and make personal judgement whether to proceed with the UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE leader on the event.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Please be aware that we will be taking photos during the event for the website. By attending a fossil hunt, you agree that any photo’s of yourself or members of the group can be used on UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE social media and website. If you would like a copy of any of the photo’s, please contact UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE via email.
If you don’t want to have your photo featured on our social networking sites, please inform a member of UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE BEFORE the event. We cannot guarantee you will not be in any photo shots, but we will try hardest to avoid this.

CANCELLATION

UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE have the right to cancel or reschedule a fossil hunts and will aim to give as much notice as possible. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all registered participants will be notified by email and offered to join alternative fossil hunts or a refund. If a fossil hunt is cancelled on the day of the event due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather, UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE will not accept responsibility for any additional costs or inconvenience resulting from the cancellation.
This event is non-refundable if your place cannot be filled, but can be transferable with the discretion of management. If you cannot attend, please notify us as soon as possible so we can notify anyone in our waiting list. Refunds will only be given once a place is filled. Card processing fees and Eventbrite fees are completely non refundable.
For UKAFH subscription based members, failure to turn up to an event without prior notification, at least 48 hours in advance may result in the termination of your membership without refund.

Event Waiver

EVERYONE ATTENDING UKAFH/UKFOSSILS OR UKGE EVENTS MUST READ AND AGREE. THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT, WAIVER AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY (AWRL).

I understand that whilst UKAFH, UK FOSSILS, UKGE will do their upmost to ensure the site, location, event is safe and that health and safety protocols have been followed, and that leaders will pre-check the site a week in advance, I acknowledge that UKAFH, UK FOSSILS, UKGE events can be dangerous that can carry with it potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. I HEREBY ASSUME THE RISKS OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT.

I certify that I have read and understand the health and safety RISK ACCESSMENT document, rules for collecting and any restrictions that apply to this site. I hereby take the following action for myself, executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors and assigns, or anyone else who might claim or sue on my behalf, and I expressly acknowledge that it is my intent to take these actions:
(a) I AGREE to abide by the rules adopted by UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE,
(b) I AGREE that prior to participating in an event, I am solely responsible for my own safety equipment, including hard hats, high visibility jackets, goggles, safety boots and my tools and equipment. I understand that turning up to an event without such safety equipment which will be made clear prior to visiting events may result in being turned away without a refund.
(c) I AGREE that if I believe any event to be unsafe I will advise the person supervising the event, activity, facility, or area.
(d) WAIVE, RELEASE, AND DISCHARGE FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LOSSES, OR LIABILITIES FOR DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, PARTIAL OR PERMANENT DISABILITY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, MEDICAL OR HOSPTIAL BILLS, RESCUE BILLS, THEFT OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING ECONOMIC LOSSES AND LOSS AND/OR STOLEN ITEMS,WHICH ARISE OUT OF OR RELATE TO MY PARTICIPATION IN, OR MY TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE EVENT, THE FOLLOWING PERSONS OR ENTITIES: UKAFH, UK Fossils, UKGE, Deposits Magazine, leaders, sponsors, directors, employees, event owners, volunteers, land owners, cities, counties, or localities in which events or segments of events are held, and the officers, directors, employees, representatives, volunteers, and agents of any of the above even if such claims, losses, or liabilities are caused by the negligent acts or omissions of the persons I am hereby releasing or are caused by the negligent acts of any other person or entity;
(e) I ACKNOWLEDGE that there maybe dangers present at any event, rock falls, cliff falls, landslides, tidal currents, freak tides, slippery surfaces, sinking sand, quarry equipment, moving vehicles, traffic, sharp rocks, hazarded material, dangerous objects, and I ASSUME THE RISKS OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT. I ALSO ASSUME ANY AND ALL OTHER RISKS associated with participating in this event including but not limited to falls, slips, hammer blows, damage to eyes caused by flying debris and rocks, splinters, contact, effects of weather including heat and/or humidity, defective equipment, the condition of the roads and railroad crossings, walkways and paths along the route, water and tidal hazards, obstacles natural or man-made and any hazard that may be posed by any public member not participating, volunteers all such risks being known and appreciated by me, and I further acknowledge that these risks include risks that may be the negligence of the persons or entities mentioned in paragraph (d) or other persons or entities;
(f) I AGREE NOT TO SUE ANY OF THE PERSONS OR ENTITITES MENTIONED ABOVE IN PARAGRAPH (d) for any of the claims, losses, or liabilities that I have waived, released or discharged herein;
(g) I INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE PERSONS AND ENTITIES MENTIONED IN PARAGRAPH (d) for any and all claims made or liabilities assessed against them as a result of (i) my actions or inactions, (ii) the actions, inactions or negligence of others including those parties hereby indemnified; (iii) the conditions of the facilities, equipment, or areas where the event is being conducted; (iv) the Rules; or (v) any other harm caused by an occurrence related to UKAFH, UKGE, UK Fossils event; and
(h) I GRANT PERMISSION for the use of my name and/or likeness relating to my participation in UKAFH, UKGE, UK Fossils, and I waive all right to any future compensation to which I may otherwise be entitled as a result of the use of my likeness;
(i) I UNDERSTAND and accept that my entry fee is non-refundable under any circumstance. In the case of under 18’s a parent/legal guardian/Responsible Adult must be present at the event and must agree to this waiver.