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« on: April 17, 2008, 02:20:26 PM »

The 5-13-86 C&R eliminated code 0104 Orchard Work-Pruning and its constituents were reassigned to code 0016 Orchards or 0050 Farm Machinery Operation – by contractor.  The example given was that of an orchard owner hiring a subcontractor to conduct tree topping.  The C&R Committee concluded that “the topping and hedging of trees involving the utilization of mechanical machinery is not an activity associated with orchard owners or operators” and determined that these operations are assignable by analogy to code 0050.

The deciding factor for assigning code 0050 versus 0016 might appear to be whether power-driven equipment or hand tools are used.  However, according to the WCIRB, the determining factor is really found in the contract between the subcontractor and their customer. 

If the farm owner has a need for services requiring special equipment that the farm owner would not typically have or utilize, and enters into a contract with a subcontractor to supply the farm owner with the rental of the equipment along with an operator; then the subcontractor’s operations for this job are assignable to 0050.

Therefore, an employer operating as an orchard maintenance contractor (not engaging in farm equipment rental) is assignable to code 0016.  Orchard maintenance contractors operate in a similar fashion to employers assigned to code 0042 Landscape Gardening in that they are contracted to supply crews who will conduct routine maintenance of property belonging to others.  Orchard maintenance crews may utilize a combination of hand tools, power tools, spraying equipment, and equipment such as bobcats, tractors, bulldozers, etc.  Even though some of the equipment is power-driven and could be considered heavy equipment, the services provided are for performing regular maintenance of the orchard.
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