Class Code: 6217

Per NCCI's Scopes Code Description:

Code 6217 is applied to specialist contractors who perform general excavation including ditch digging, burrowing, filling or backfilling, provided that such operations are not otherwise classified in the manual. The operations involve the removal of earth, small boulders and rocks by power shovels, trench diggers or bulldozers and piling it at the job site for backfill. The material may also be removed by dump trucks for fill in some other area.

Code 6217 includes excavation in connection with building foundations, swimming pools, landscape gardening and waterproofing operations. It does not include excavation in connection with street or road construction, dam or lock construction, pile driving, shaft sinking, caisson or cofferdam work.

This classification also is applied to specialist contractors who perform grading land and landfilling, provided that these operations are not otherwise classified in the manual. The classification includes ditch digging, burrowing, filling or backfilling, and operations such as scraping, cutting, piling or pushing the earth to rearrange the terrain. These operations utilize equipment such as bulldozers, motor graders and carryalls. The classification includes grading involved in airport construction, grading of land preparatory to construction or planting, grading of parking lots, etc. It does not include grading in connection with street or road construction, dam or lock construction, pile driving, shaft sinking, and caisson or cofferdam work.

Building raising or moving operations should be assigned in the following manner, provided that payroll separation is maintained:

   
    5403  —carpentry operations on commercial structures
    5645  —carpentry operations on residential structures
    5213  —concrete operations on commercial sites
    5221  —concrete operations on residential structures
    5703  —drivers who transport the structure on trailers, dollies, bearings, etc.
    6217  —excavation operations
    5057  —iron or steel operations
    5022  —masonry operations
    6003  —pile driving operations that underpin, raise, or stabilize a foundation
    7380—pilot car duties that do not remove or move obstacles
    5703  —pilot car duties that remove or move obstacles

When no separation of payroll exists, the payroll for the entire operation must be assigned to Code 5703 or the highest rated classification that applies, whichever is greater.

Analogy Assignments:

Specialist contractors who remove trees using mechanical equipment are assigned by analogy to Code 6217 since this work essentially involves digging or excavation operations. Tree removal operations assigned to Code 6217 include the removal of one or a few trees on developed sites, not tree removal operations involving large numbers of trees in order to clear a right-of-way.

Special Conditions:

Extra-Territorial Classification Guidelines (Florida—refer to Florida Basic Manual Rule 2-L—Extraterritorial Rating Procedure) (New Hampshire—refer to New Hampshire Basic Manual Miscellaneous Rules Extraterritorial Auditing Procedure):

The following material was developed by NCCI to be used as a guide by auditors and underwriters in the determination of premium for contracting (construction or erection employers) with extra-territorial employments where no company guidelines have been established for this purpose. Construction or erection classifications are indicated by the addition of a construction code symbol (  ) next to the classification code number.

   
1.    Payroll of employees of contractors who have their place of business in a given state and operate also in adjoining states and who are constantly crossing state lines, but usually return to their homes each night, should be assigned to their headquarters’ state. Example: Contractors such as electricians, plumbers, carpet layers, etc.
2.    The payroll for executive supervisors who may visit a job but who are not in direct charge of a job should be assigned to the state in which their headquarters are located.
3.    There are contractors who maintain a permanent staff of employees and superintendents. If any of these employees or superintendents are assigned to a job that is located in a state other than their headquarters’ state, either for the duration of the job or any portion thereof, their payroll should be assigned to the highest rated of either the state in which the job is located or the headquarters’ state.
4.    The payroll of employees who are hired for a specific job project should be assigned to the state in which the job is located.

When a portion of the operations of a risk are insured in a monopolistic state fund, consideration must be given to the special rules and requirements that may exist in such cases.

Related Operations Not Classified to Code 6217:

   
•    Tree removal involving the clearing of right-of-ways is classified to Code 2702—Logging or Lumbering.
•    Tree removal performed by an employer that also performs tree surgeon activities such as pruning or spraying is classified to Code 0106.

Certain Code 6217 operations are designated as “not otherwise classified” (NOC). These NOC operations apply to an employer only when no other classification more specifically describes the employer’s operations. The following is a representative list of classifications somewhat related in nature to Code 6217 operations that are not assigned to Code 6217:

   
    6018—Dam or Lock Construction—Earth Moving or Placing—All Operations & Drivers
    6204—Drilling NOC & Drivers
    6045—Levee Construction—All Operations to Completion & Drivers
    1642—Lime Mfg.—Quarry—Surface—& Drivers
    1654—Quarry—Cement Rock—Surface—& Drivers
    1624—Quarry NOC & Drivers
    4000—Sand or Gravel Digging & Drivers
    5508—Street or Road Construction—Rock Excavation & Drivers
    5507—Street or Road Construction—Subsurface Work & Drivers

CROSS-REF.  AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION—GRADING & DRIVERS

(N/A MA)

CROSS-REF.  BLASTING ROCK & DRIVERS (N/A MA)

Description:

Code 6217 is applied to specialist contractors who blast or remove mass rock of any type. The rock may be blasted by loading previously drilled holes with dynamite, water gels, caps, etc., and blasting or setting off the explosives. When these holes are drilled by the blasting contractor, Code 6217 is assigned to the drilling. When these holes are drilled by a specialist drilling contractor, Code 6204—Drilling is assigned to the drilling operation. Jackhammers or steel balls may be used to break up the rock sections, which are then loaded into dump trucks for removal or storage.

Code 6217 is assigned to blasting operations when these operations are conducted by an employer assigned to Code 4777—Explosives Distributors & Drivers.

CROSS-REF.  CLEARING OF RIGHT-OF-WAY—ELECTRIC, POWER, TELEPHONE, BURGLAR, OR FIRE ALARM LINES—BRUSH CLEARING OR REMOVAL—NEW OR EXISTING RIGHT-OF-WAY & DRIVERS

(N/A MA)

Note:  Applies to the clearing or removal of brush using mechanical equipment.

Description:

Clearing right-of-ways for electric or power lines, telephone or telegraph lines, or burglar or fire alarm lines may involve tree removal, tree pruning or tree stump removal. The following classification assignments apply to work involving trees for those employers contracting exclusively for clearing right-of-ways.

   
    Code 2702—tree removal of standing timber using hand or power tools for the purpose of clearing right-of-ways on an undeveloped or developed site.
    Code 6217—clearing or removal of brush using mechanical equipment such as bulldozers, hydroaxes, etc., for the purpose of clearing right-of-ways on an undeveloped or developed site.
    Code 0106—tree pruning, spraying, and repairing for the purpose of maintaining right-of-ways or clearing right-of-ways on a developed site. Incidental tree removal of one or a few trees on a developed site conducted in connection with tree pruning, spraying, and repairing operations is also assigned to Code 0106

Related Operations Not Classified to Code 6217:

   
•    An employer that clears right-of-ways and also performs power line construction and service or repair operations is assigned to the proper power line construction or erection classification.
•    Refer to Code 7538 or Code 7600 for these operations.

CROSS-REF.  GRADING OF LAND NOC & DRIVERS

Note:  Includes burrowing, filling or backfilling. Separately rate: mass rock excavation, grading or excavation in connection with street or road construction, pile driving, shaft sinking, caisson or cofferdam work.

CROSS-REF.  ROCK EXCAVATION & DRIVERS

(N/A HI, MN)

Note:  Not tunneling or street or road construction.

Rate per $100. of Renumeration: $ 3.29

Construction Exemption Required: Yes