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Classifying Wrecking and Demolition Operations

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Classifying Wrecking and Demolition Operations

July 16, 2014

In this edition: USRP rules regarding Wrecking or Demolition Operations.

The California Workers' Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan — 1995 (USRP) at Part 3, Standard Classification System, Section IV, Special Industry Classification Procedures, Rule 7, Wrecking or Demolition and Building Raising or Moving, provides specific instructions on classifying wrecking or demolition operations: 

  1. In classifying wrecking or demolition work where a building or structure is razed or where a floor or exterior wall is removed, the entire operations performed at the wrecking or demolition site, including the removal and loading of debris, concrete foundations, sidewalks, or floor slabs, and the welding and cutting operations conducted in connection with the wrecking or demolition work shall be assigned to one of the classifications listed in (1) through (5), below.  
     
    (1) Classifications 5403/5432, Carpentry – N.O.C. These classifications shall be assigned to wrecking or demolition and raising or moving of wooden buildings or structures.
    (2) Classification 5213, Concrete Construction – N.O.C. This classification shall be assigned to wrecking or demolition and raising or moving of buildings or structures that are constructed of concrete or concrete encased steel.;
    (3) Classification 5057, Iron or Steel Erection – N.O.C. This classification shall be assigned to wrecking or demolition and raising or moving of steel buildings (not concrete encased steel), structures, tanks, towers or ships (of any size).
    (4) Classifications 5027/5028, Masonry – N.O.C. These classifications shall be assigned to wrecking or demolition and raising or moving of masonry buildings or structures.
    (5) Classification 6003(1), Pile Driving. This classification shall be assigned to wrecking or demolition and raising or moving of all piers and wharves.

Part a of the rule provides that one of the classifications listed in the rule applies to all operations that pertain to wrecking or demolition work at a job site based on the type of structure that is being demolished. However, in order for the rule to apply, the following minimum qualifications regarding the scope of the demolition work at a job site must be met: wrecking or demolition work where a building or structure is razed or where a floor or exterior wall is removed.

The WCIRB often receives questions regarding classifying wrecking or demolition work at job sites that do not meet these requirements. Examples include the removal of interior walls, cabinets, fixtures and trim in preparation for remodeling. This work is sometimes characterized as soft demolition or tear-out work. For wrecking or demolition work that does not meet the requirements in Rule 7a, multiple construction or erection classifications can apply. For example, the removal of interior wallboard is classified as 5446/5447, Wallboard Application, the removal of a suspended ceiling is classified as 5020, Ceiling Installation, and the removal of plumbing is classified as 5183(1)/5187(1), Plumbing. At job sites that do not meet the requirements of Rule 7a, the operations are classified based on the USRP provisions found at Section IV, Special Industry Classification Procedures, Rule 2, Construction or Erection Work. This rule states, in pertinent part:

Division of payroll shall be made for each separate and distinct type of construction or erection operation that is specifically described by a classification, provided separate records of payroll are maintained and provided the use of any such classification in connection with a separate job or location is not restricted by classification phraseology or footnotes. 

Related Information

California Workers' Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995

Online Guide to Workers' Comp - The Standard Classification System

WCIRB Education on Demand