Class Code: 7538

Per NCCI's Scopes Code Description:

Code 7538 is applied to contractors engaged in electric light or power line construction. This code contemplates all work normal and incidental to the construction of electric light or power lines when undertaken by a contractor at a particular job or location. Code 7538 includes drivers, the setting of poles or towers including the excavation and concrete work incidental to such tower work, the overhead stringing of high tension wires or cables and the installation of circuit breakers and transformers on poles or towers. Code 7538 is applicable to these operations whether the operations are performed by separate crews at separate time intervals or by single crews that engage in all aspects of electric light or power line construction operations.

In the event an insured contracts as a specialist contractor at a job or location where electric light or power lines are being erected (e.g., operates as an excavator only), the appropriate specialty construction class applies to the insured’s operation. In the event an insured contracts to erect electric light or power lines at a job or location and sublets a portion of the work, the insured is considered to be in the electric light or power line construction business; Code 7538 is applicable to any work performed in connection with electric light or power line construction operations performed by the contractor at the job or location.

In the event that a contractor engages in overhead and below ground cable or line installation, and the underground cable is laid manually, Code 7538 is applicable to both operations. In the event that a contractor engages in overhead and below ground cable or line installation, and the underground cable is laid using automatic equipment, Code 6325 is applicable to the laying of the underground cable. Automatic equipment is defined as machinery which, in one operation, opens the trench, lays the cable and backfills.

The clearing of right-of-ways by contractors who also engage in electric light or power line construction is included under Code 7538.

The following classification assignments apply to insureds that contract exclusively for clearing right-of-ways in connection with electric light or power line construction projects.

2702 Tree removal using hand or power tools in bucking, falling or limbing of standing timber—new right-of-ways
6217 Clearing or removal of brush using mechanical equipment such as bulldozers, hydroaxes, etc., including stump removal—new or existing right-of-ways
0106 Tree pruning, spraying, trimming using hand or power tools with or without aerial buckets, including incidental tree removal and all operations in connection therewith—existing right-of-ways
0050 Brush or weed control using chemicals dispensed from portable or mechanical ground spraying equipment—existing right-of-ways
0042 Landscape gardening and drivers

Floodlighting of stadiums and parks is assigned by analogy to Code 7538.

Please refer to Code 5403 for extra-territorial premium determination guidelines that may be applicable to insureds that have operations outside their headquarters’ state.

State Addendum
Massachusetts Electric light or power cooperative “RUS Projects” are also assigned to Code 7539 (Code 7540 is N/A MA). Refer to Codes 0050, 0106, 2702 and 6217 for classification assignments applicable to insureds that contract exclusively for clearing right-of-ways in connection with electric light or power line construction projects. Code 0042 does not apply to any type of land and/or right-of-way clearing operations conducted.

Rate per $100. of Renumeration: $ 2.37

Construction Exemption Required: Yes