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Expanding and Updating the USRP Classification Descriptions

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Expanding and Updating the USRP Classification Descriptions

February 12, 2014

As part of its administration of the Standard Classification System, the WCIRB routinely reviews the classification code phraseologies contained in the California Workers' Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan1995 (USRP) to reflect changes in the California economy and changes to various industries. In 2013, the WCIRB began a multi-year, comprehensive review  of the over 700 classifications contained in the USRP to ensure that the scope of each classification is clearly defined and to include information as needed pertaining to related classifications. 

The amendments are not intended to change the way classifications are currently administered, but instead clarify and update the classification information. These changes also will make it easier to search for classifications using the recently launched online Classification Search tool as each classification will include a more robust description.

To illustrate the type of changes that are being made, shown below is Classification 5213 before and after its revision effective January 1, 2014:

Classification 5213 - Prior to January 1, 2014  

CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION - N.O.C. - including foundations, or the making, setting up or taking down of forms, scaffolds, falsework or concrete distributing apparatus

At a particular job or location, Classification 5213 shall not be used for division of payroll in connection with Classifications 5222(1), Concrete Construction - bridges or culverts, 5040(2), Bridge Building - metal, 6003(3), Bridge or Trestle Construction - wood, or 5506 or 5507, Street or Road Construction.

Excavation, reinforcing steel installation, pile driving and all work in connection with sewers, tunnels, subways, caissons or cofferdams shall be separately classified.

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Classification 5213 Effective January 1, 2014  

CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION - N.O.C. - including foundations, or the making, setting up or taking down of forms, scaffolds, falsework or concrete distributing apparatus

At a particular job or location, Classification 5213 shall not be used for division of payroll in connection with Classifications 5222(1), Concrete Construction - bridges or culverts, 5040(2), Bridge Building - metal, 6003(3),Bridge or Trestle Construction - wood, or 5506 or 5507, Street or Road Construction.

Excavation, reinforcing steel installation, pile driving and all work in connection with sewers, tunnels, subways, caissons or cofferdams shall be separately classified.

This classification includes the pouring of concrete floor slabs, foundations, retaining walls, basement walls and/or footings in connection with poured in place concrete, masonry and structural steel buildings, and the subsequent pouring of on-grade concrete slabs and any concrete floors and decks above ground level.

The pouring or finishing of concrete floor slabs and concrete slab-type foundations for other than concrete buildings or structural steel buildings of multi-story construction, and the pouring or finishing of concrete foundations for private residences for occupancy by one or two families or other wood frame family dwellings not exceeding three stories in height shall be separately classified as 5201(2)/5205(2), Concrete or Cement Work.

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The pre-2014 version states that Classification 5213 includes foundations without qualification; however the construction of residential foundations and certain slab-type foundations are assignable to Classification 5201(2)/5205(2), Concrete or Cement Work. The revised phraseology effective January 1, 2014 provides additional clarity.

To learn more about the changes to Standard Classification System approved effective January 1, 2014, see the USRP or the WCIRB Quick Reference Guide in the Manuals and Plans section of the WCIRB website (www.wcirb.com).

Later this year, the WCIRB will propose additional Standard Classification System changes as part of its January 1, 2015 Regulatory Filing which will be submitted in June to the California Insurance Commissioner for approval.