Class Code: 7309F

Per NCCI's Scopes Code Description:

Code 7309F is applied to employers that perform stevedoring operations provided such operations are not otherwise classified in the Basic Manual. Stevedoring for workers compensation classification purposes contemplates any or all of the following operations when conducted by employees who are not members of the crews of vessels:

1.    Loading or unloading, stowing, shifting or trimming of cargo, supplies, and materials on board vessels. (Trimming refers to balancing a ship by shifting cargo.)
2.    Transfer of cargo, supplies and materials between vessels and piers and vice versa, regardless of the necessity of work on board vessels by employees of the insured.
3.    Transfer between stringpiece and point of deposit on dock and adjacent warehouses including tiering, sorting and breaking down. (A stringpiece is timber lying along the top of piles, forming a dock front or timber pier.)
4.    Operation of all mechanical equipment, including dock tractors, in connection with the above.

Unless otherwise classified, Code 7309F is applicable to the above operations whether the operations are conducted by one or more concerns and providing the operations require the use of hoisting equipment such as winches, cranes, slings, rope, or nets.

When separate crews of employees, with no exposure to the hazards of the hoisting operations, place the cargo at or move it from the point of deposit and perform the tiering, sorting, and breaking down operations as well as load or unload railroad cars or trucks, such separate crews are assigned to the appropriate freight handling or trucking classifications provided they do not engage in any stevedoring operations and separate payroll records are maintained.

When an employer is classified to Code 7309F, employees engaged in the storage, maintenance, or repair of nets, slings, forklift trucks, or other equipment utilized by stevedoring concerns are also assigned to Code 7309F, even if such operations are conducted at a separate location. Code 7309F is additionally applicable to employees of Code 7309F employers who handle shore lines to moor or unmoor vessels.

Stevedoring operations are also considered general exclusions. This means that unless stevedoring operations are specifically included in the wording of the basic classification applicable to a business, stevedoring operations are separately classified. This situation may occur when an employer such as a manufacturer, lumberyard, or fuel dealer is located on navigable waters. Such employers may load their products on ships or unload raw materials or finished products from ships. In many instances this work is done at irregular periods by employees normally engaged in plant operations. Payroll expended for such loading or unloading on navigable waters should be assigned to the appropriate stevedoring classification.

Code 7309F 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 7309F operations that are not assigned to Code 7309F:

7313F Coal Dock Operation and Stevedoring
7317F Stevedoring—By Hand or Hand Trucks Exclusively
7327F Stevedoring—Containerized Freight & Drivers
8709F Stevedoring—Talliers and Checking Clerks Engaged in Connection With Stevedore Work—Coverage Under U.S. Act
8719 Stevedoring—Talliers and Checking Clerks Engaged in Connection With Stevedore Work—Coverage Under State Act Only

State Addendum
Massachusetts Code 7309F is applied to insureds engaged in stevedoring operations provided such operations are not otherwise classified in the MA Manual. Stevedoring explosive materials, including ammunition, under contract is properly assigned to Code 7309F.

Rate per $100. of Renumeration: $ 7.16

Construction Exemption Required: No