Class Code: 4299

Per NCCI's Scopes Code Description:

Applies to employers that perform commercial printing. Printing operations may include hand typesetting; linotyping; electrotyping; monotyping; stereotyping; transferring of photocopy to metal plates; press operations; perforating, folding and incidental cutting; collating; thread or wire stitching; gluing; incidental binding of magazines, catalogues, pamphlets or circulars; printing or embossing by machine from engraved plates; and photocomposition methods. Photocomposition systems, electronic page imaging and automated plate processing are among the major pre-press functions in use today by the graphic arts/printing industry.

Employees that perform photographic composition work or automated platemaking of the type described below are classified to Code 8810 provided that they work in physically separated departments and do not perform any other operations properly classified to a code other than Code 8810. These employees may perform one or more of the following operations: use a keyboard to select characters for projection onto photographic films or papers; work at drafting tables with simple tools such as scissors or knives and assemble photocomposed paste-ups; prepare proofs of photocomposed sheets on a machine commonly used to prepare blueprints; and produce plates using machines similar in nature to office copying machines.

Code 4299 also applies to employers that only perform electrotyping and the production of electrotyped plates even though employers of this nature do not produce printed material.

Code 4299 does not apply to employers that conduct the following businesses: bookbinding (Code 4307); engraving (Code 4352); newspaper publishing (Code 4304); photoengraving (Code 4351) and quick print shops (Code 8015). Refer to Code 8015 for employers that provide reproductions by means of offset-type duplicators on paper sizes smaller than 18 x 23 inches.

Code 4299 applies to employers that manufacture playing cards.

Code 4299 also applies to employers that manufacture or assemble rubber or plastic stamps. Rubber, plastic, molding strips, frames, backs and handles are usually received from others. If a rubber stamp manufacturer performs woodworking or metalworking operations to manufacture frames, backs or handles, we assign these operations to their applicable manufacturing class. The sawing of molding strips is considered an assembly operation and is included in Code 4299.

Rubber stamps can be manufactured using linotype machines or by a photoengraving process. In the latter process, Code 4299 applies at the point where a plastic emulsion is spread over film in special machinery and light is applied, causing an impression to be formed on the emulsion. When the plastic hardens, it is sprayed with soapy water to remove excess plastic from the desired letters or design.

The following describes computerized plastic or vinyl sign manufacturing operations that are classified to either Code 4299 or Code 9501. The sign manufacturers under consideration will typically use plastic or vinyl materials, a desktop computer attached to an electronic scoring device and small knives. Some may also use drills and circular or jig saws to fabricate boards upon which the lettering is mounted. The computer is used in conjunction with the electronic scoring apparatus to die-cut the plastic or vinyl into letters or other graphic shapes. Small knives are used to hand-lift the cut letters or graphics from the vinyl sheets. Letters or graphics are then affixed to various mounting materials, which may include wood or plastic. These mounting materials may be purchased precut from others or fabricated by the employer. An employer performing the above operations is classified to Code 4299 if the employer does not manufacture or prepare mounting surfaces. Employers that perform the above operations and do manufacture or prepare mounting surfaces are classified to Code 9501. Codes 4299 and 9501 must not apply at the same location.

Code 4299 does not apply when printing operations are a General Inclusion. For example, Code 4299 does not apply when an employer prints on a product manufactured by the employer or an employer prints labels, stationery or advertising matter for the employer’s own use. (Refer to Basic Manual Rule 1-B-3 for additional information.)

The following points out the differences between a stationery manufacturer (Code 4251) and a printer (Code 4299).

The stationery manufacturer makes products such as notebooks, envelopes, index cards, paper (stationery) and other related goods generally used for writing purposes. They may do printing on their own manufactured goods. This type of printing is a General Inclusion as referred to above. The stationery manufacturing operation then is best described as a business in which the main operation is the manufacture of paper goods of the type described above.

The main business of the print shop is printing for the general public. The print shop may perform certain activities related to the preparation of paper but this preparation of paper (as opposed to the stationery manufacturing operation) is minor in relation to the main operation of the business, which is printing for others.

The wording of Code 4251 is not assigned to an employer conducting operations described by another classification unless the operations subject to Code 4251 are conducted as a separate and distinct business. This restriction is primarily intended to prohibit the assignment of this code to printers who, in addition to printing operations performed for the general public, perform certain activities such as cutting, gluing, punching and trimming paper. Under these conditions, the employer is classified to Code 4299 and activities as described above in support of the printing operation are considered minor in relation to the printing operations and are included in Code 4299.

CROSS-REF.  ELECTROTYPING

(N/A FL, MA, TX, VA)

Note:  Codes 4299—Printing and lithographing and 4304—Newspaper publishing shall not be assigned to the same risk unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses.

CROSS-REF.  LITHOGRAPHING

(N/A TX)

Note:  Includes incidental assembling, stapling or binding of circulars, pamphlets, or catalogues. Artists, designers, proofreaders, editors, or clerical office employees to be separately rated as Code 8810—Clerical. Reporters, advertising, or circulation solicitors to be separately rated as Code 8742—Salespersons.

CROSS-REF.  PLAYING CARDS MFG.

(N/A TX)

Note:  Paper or cardboard manufacturing to be separately rated as Code 4239.

CROSS-REF.  RUBBER STAMP MFG. OR ASSEMBLY

(N/A TX)

Note:  Manufacturing of frames, backs or handles to be separately rated.

CROSS-REF.  SIGN MANUFACTURING—PLASTIC OR VINYL COMPUTER-GENERATED LETTERS OR GRAPHICS—NO PAINTING OR USING POWER MACHINERY

(N/A FL, MA, TX)

Note:  Includes designing and cutting letters or graphics and mounting on premanufactured surfaces of fabric, metal, plastic, or wood and the cutting, forming, or molding of mounting surfaces. Codes 4299 and 9501 must not be assigned to the same employer unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Sign installation, maintenance, repair, removal, or replacement away from the shop are to be separately rated to Code 9521 or 9554.

CROSS-REF.  SIGN MANUFACTURING—SILK SCREEN PRINTING—PAPER OR POSTERBOARD

(N/A MA, TX)

Note:  Codes 2501, 3064, and 4299 shall not be assigned to the same risk unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Sign installation, maintenance, repair, removal, or replacement away from shop to be separately rated as Code 9521 or 9554.

CROSS-REF.  SIGN MANUFACTURING—SILK SCREEN PRINTING—PLASTIC

(N/A MA)

Note:  Codes 2501, 3064, and 4299 shall not be assigned to the same risk unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Sign installation, maintenance, repair, removal, or replacement away from shop to be separately rated as Code 9521 or 9554.

CROSS-REF.  SIGN MANUFACTURING—SILK SCREEN PRINTING—WOOD

(N/A MA, TX)

Note:  Codes 2501, 3064, and 4299 shall not be assigned to the same risk unless the operations described by these classifications are conducted as separate and distinct businesses. Sign installation, maintenance, repair, removal, or replacement away from shop to be separately rated as Code 9521 or 9554.

Rate per $100. of Renumeration: $ 1.55

Construction Exemption Required: No