Class Code: 0042

Per NCCI's Scopes Code Description:

Includes laying out grounds, planting trees, shrubs, flowers or lawns. Excavation, filling or backfilling to be separately rated as Code 6217—Excavation. Codes 0042 and 9102—Park NOC may be assigned to the same risk.

CROSS-REF. Street or Road Construction—Beautification Work & Drivers—applies to sodding, seeding, planting, and similar landscape work necessary for the beautification of roadsides (N/A MA, TX).

State Special: California—Landscape Gardening—All Operations—Including Maintenance of Gardens—the excavating, transporting and transplanting of mature trees shall be separately classified as 7219—Trucking Firms;

Connecticut—Lawn Sprinkler Systems Installation—Underground & Drivers—irrigation and drainage system construction to be classified as Code 6229;

Florida—Landscape Gardening & Drivers—includes laying out grounds, planting trees, shrubs, flowers or lawns. Codes 0042 and 9102—Park NOC may be assigned to the same risk provided verifiable payroll records are maintained. Excavation, filling or backfilling to be separately rated as Code 6217—Excavation;

Massachusetts—Landscape Gardening & Drivers—includes laying out grounds, trees, shrubs, flowers or lawns. Codes 0042 and 9102—Park NOC may be assigned to the same risk provided separate crews are maintained without interchange of labor and the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Excavation, filling or backfilling to be separately rated as Code 6217—Excavation NOC;

Massachusetts—Lawn Maintenance—Commercial or Domestic & Drivers—includes grass cutting, core aeration, thatching, slice-seeding and, with the exception of fertilizer or pesticide application, all other related operations;

New Jersey—Landscape Erosion Control & Drivers—applies to seeding, sodding or planting shrubs or trees along road right-of-way and incidental fine grading. Such operations performed in connection with street or road construction projects to be rated as Code 6042;

New Jersey—Landscape Gardening & Drivers—includes laying out of grounds, planting trees, shrubs, flowers or lawns. Excavation, filling or backfilling to be separately rated as Code 6217—Excavation—NOC. Lawn maintenance to be separately rated as Code 9102;

New York—Domestic Service Contractor—Outside—& Drivers—includes grass cutting, weed control, lawn spraying, laying out grounds, tree spraying or fumigating, and planting trees, shrubs, flowers or lawns. Code 0042 and Code 9102—Park NOC—All Employees—& Drivers shall not be assigned to the same risk unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Excavation, filling or backfilling to be separately rated as Code 6217—Excavation NOC & Drivers. Separately rate tree pruning, repairing and trimming as Code 0106—Tree Pruning, Repairing or Trimming & Drivers;

New York—Landscape Gardening & Drivers—includes grass cutting, weed control, lawn spraying, laying out grounds, tree spraying or fumigating, and planting trees, shrubs, flowers or lawns. Code 0042 and Code 9102—Park NOC—All Employees—& Drivers shall not be assigned to the same risk unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Excavation, filling or backfilling to be separately rated as Code 6217—Excavation NOC & Drivers. Separately rate tree pruning, repairing and trimming as Code 0106—Tree Pruning, Repairing or Trimming & Drivers;

New York—Silviculture & Drivers—includes brush clearing, planting of seedlings or transplants, cleaning, weeding or improvement cutting for the purpose of promoting the growth of remaining trees. Logging or lumbering to be separately rated as Code 2702;

New York—Tree Spraying and/or Fumigating & Drivers—includes grass cutting, weed control, lawn spraying, laying out grounds, tree spraying or fumigating, and planting trees, shrubs, flowers or lawns. Code 0042 and Code 9102—Park NOC—All Employees—& Drivers shall not be assigned to the same risk unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Excavation, filling or backfilling to be separately rated as Code 6217—Excavation NOC & Drivers. Separately rate tree pruning, repairing and trimming as Code 0106—Tree Pruning, Repairing or Trimming & Drivers. These classifications include miscellaneous employees such as terminal employees and garage employees;

Oregon—Landscape Gardening & Drivers—applicable to new lawn and landscape work, which may include laying out grounds, planting trees, shrubs, flowers or lawns. Refer to Code 9102 for maintenance of existing lawns. Installation of underground sprinklers to be separately classified to Code 5183. Major excavation, filling or backfilling to be separately classified to Code 6217. Codes 0042, 5183, and 6217 may be assigned to the same job site provided separate records are maintained by the employer. Codes 0042 and 9102 shall not be assigned to same job site;

Oregon—Reforestation—Grass Planting & Drivers;

Texas—Hydro-Mulching & Drivers;

Texas—Landscape Gardening & Drivers—includes laying out grounds, planting trees, shrubs, flowers, or lawns. Codes 0042 and 9102—Park NOC shall not be assigned to the same risk unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Excavation, filling, or back-filling to be separately rated as 6219—Excavation NOC. Lawn maintenance contractors to be classified as 9014.

SCOPE Code 0042 is applied to insureds primarily engaged in planning, clearing, grading and planting necessary for landscaping operations. The clearing and grading done by these insureds is of the fine type necessary for finishing operations and does not result in changes to the contour of the land. These insureds may have nursery operations but such work would be limited and usually conducted to furnish stock for their landscaping business.

Sod installers are also classified to Code 0042. Sod growing and harvesting operations are included under Code 0037. Sod dealers who do not grow sod are properly classified to Code 0005.

Also, this classification covers sodding, seeding, planting and similar work necessary for the beautification of roadsides in connection with street or road construction, by whomsoever performed.

As Code 0042 is assigned to Schedule 26, Miscellaneous Construction, a division of a single employee’s payroll is permitted between Codes 0042 and 9102—Lawn Maintenance provided proper records, as described in the Basic Manual, are maintained. In the event proper payroll records are not maintained, the employee engaged in both Code 0042 and Code 9102 operations is assigned to the highest rated of the two classifications.

The essential difference between the application of Codes 0042 and 9102 to a job is that Code 0042 is applicable to work involving new landscaping installations, whereas Code 9102 is applicable to work involving the maintenance of existing landscaping and/or lawn maintenance.

While the Code 0042 risk, as well as the Code 9102 risk, may engage in lawn or foliage spraying with fertilizers and insecticides, these operations are considered incidental and are included under the applicable classification. As lawn spraying is a maintenance procedure, a risk engaged exclusively in operations of this nature is classified to Code 9102.

Refer to Code 0106—Tree Pruning for specialists engaged in tree maintenance.

Code 0042 is applied by analogy to contractors engaged in the installation of artificial turf. Refer to Code 5478 for artificial turf installations of patios and related areas. Code 5506 would be applicable to operations necessary to prepare the ground’s surface for the artificial turf installation. In the event a contractor engages in both of the aforementioned activities, division of a single employee’s payroll is permitted if proper payroll records, as described in the Basic Manual, are maintained.

Insureds who are engaged in the maintenance of lawns, grounds and gardens are assigned by analogy to Code 9102. The maintenance may involve lawn mowing, raking, application of liquid or granular fertilizer, spraying and trimming of shrubs and thatching or aerating. If any one or all of the above operations are performed by a lawn maintenance risk classified to Code 9102, then minor and incidental landscaping operations performed by the same risk such as the replacement of dead shrubs, the planting of a few flowers and the placing of rock or brick as edging designs are included under Code 9102. This minor landscaping operation is distinguished from work performed by an insured at a job or location where the primary work at the job or location is landscaping.

State Addendum
Colorado Refer to Colorado Basic Manual Rule 1-D-9 for classification procedures for landscape contractors.

Massachusetts Division of a single employee’s payroll between Code 0042 and Code 9102 is not permitted; see the restrictive footnotes associated with these two codes. Code 9102 is assigned exclusively to those insureds operating public or private parks, whether owned, leased or operated under contract. By contrast, Code 0042 is applicable to insureds engaged in new landscaping installations, maintenance of existing landscaping and/or lawn maintenance.

Refer to Code 0046—Fertilizer or Pesticide Application—Commercial or Domestic, Drivers for insureds engaged in the ground application of liquid or granular fertilizer.

Rate per $100. of Renumeration: $ 4.81

Construction Exemption Required: Yes