Class Code: 8279
Per NCCI's Scopes Code Description:
Code 8279 is applied to insureds who operate racehorse training stables or breeding farms where the training of racehorses, polo ponies or horses used for exhibition purposes is undertaken. Breeding farms where no training activities take place are classified to Code 0083—Farm—Livestock Raising. Code 8279 also contemplates trainers or jockeys when they are considered to be employees for workers compensation purposes.
Stable hands employed by horse racing tracks as well as kennel employees employed by dog racing tracks are classified under Code 8279 as they are exposed to the handling of the animals. Stable employees include lead-out persons and horse handlers such as exercise persons and hot walkers. Kennel employees include lead persons who, prior to a race, help weigh in, blanket and muzzle the dogs; lead the dogs around the track for exhibition purposes; and then retrieve the dogs following a race.
Code 8279 also is applied to insureds engaged in the operation of riding academies or riding clubs where one may obtain instruction in riding or the treatment or care of horses.
Riding or hunt clubs (not shooting) maintain and stable a number of horses, some of which may belong to individual members. Hunt clubs additionally engage in feeding, cleaning and training foxhounds, which is contemplated within the scope of this classification. Refer to Code 9180 for shooting clubs.
Code 8279 also is applied to stable employees or kennel employees who handle the animals at horse shows or at dog shows. The classification includes the feeding, grooming and general care of the horses and dogs.
Code 8279 also is applied to insureds engaged in the operation of livery or boarding stables. These stables may board horses owned by the insured or others. The classification contemplates the maintenance of the stables and any equipment utilized in the operation of the stables as well as the feeding, grooming and general care of the horses.
By analogy, insureds engaged in the business of providing dogs to locate illegal drugs are also classified to Code 8279. This classification would not apply to employees of a police department who, as part of police department operations, provide dogs to locate drugs.
Refer to Code 8831 for insureds who operate boarding kennels for animals.
Massachusetts Dog racing track kennel employees do not include lead persons. These lead-outs, prior to a race, help weigh in, blanket and muzzle the dogs; lead dogs around the track for exhibition purposes; and then retrieve the dogs following a race. Lead-outs, having no other duties at dog racing tracks are assigned, by analogy, to Code 9016—Race Track Operation—Horse or Dog—All Other Employees.