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Most Expensive Workers Compensation Classification Codes California


Most Expensive Workers Compensation Classification Codes California Version

For the most expensive Workers Compensation classification codes California seems to be the highest in the US.

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In performing recent premium audits for California employers, I decided to check out which type of employers paid the most for workers compensation coverage in California.  The most expensive was not a surprise. The second most expensive was an unexpected one.

There are hundreds of Classification Codes in the California Workers Compensation system.

The most expensive classification code in California is:

5552: Roofing —hourly wage below $23.00 per hour

When the insurance crisis in California existed a few years ago, insurers were charging well over $100 per $100 of payroll for Class Code 5552. This is the same as a 100%+ tax on a certain line of business. Why is this Classification Code the highest? The severity and number of accidents that involve roofers are very high compared with all other job types.

One only needs to read the California or national workers comp publications to see Cal-OSHA fining a roofing company for some type of safety violation – usually lack of fall protection.

The next most expensive California Classification Code is:

9185 Carnival or Circus – all workers

The all-workers designation means that there are no Standard Exceptions (Class Code 8810 or 8742) with this code.  As with roofers, carnival and circus workers expose themselves to injuries while performing or while tending to the animals.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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