Workers' Compensation Insurance

Class Code 5509

Street or Road Maintenance: County or State Department

Author Information

Martin Summers

Insurance Agent

Class code 5509 is used for employees that perform road or street maintenance work that is considered beautification in nature, including drivers. Work duties will vary, but may include things such as leveling and grading grounds and planting beds, planting flowers, shrubs, and grass on right-of-way areas, weed and brush removal, grass cutting, repair and maintenance of culverts, the erection or removing of signs, fencing, guardrails, or road markers, and dust laying operations. Additionally, this class code is used for contractors who operate truck-mounted hydromulchers that chop hay and straw, mix it with grass, seed, and water, and deposit it along embankments, streets, and roadways. Those workers who are responsible for installation of handrails (on pedestrian bridges), metal light poles, and attenuators, as well as those employees that reseal pavement joints are also included within the scope of class code 5509.

Exclusions to this class code would be any worker that performs construction related work to roadways, such as filling or grading for a roadbed, constructing the road foundation, widening or relocating a roadway, or paving and surfacing functions.

Florida Rates for Class Code 5509

2014 Rate: $12.65
2013 Rate: $11.76

Each workers' compensation class code in Florida has a unique rate assigned to it based on the likelihood of workplace injuries for the group of employees throughout the state that are assigned to that class code. Click this link for more information about the ratemaking process. The rates used in Florida workers comp insurance were increased in 2014 by an average of 6.1% by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

For class code 5509, this rate change resulted in a 7.6% increase from 2013 to 2014. The 2014 rate for this classification is 12.65 dollars for every 100 dollars of remuneration. Even with the increase in rates this year, the 2014 rate is still 10.8% below the 2003 rate of 13.18 dollars.

Despite the manual rates being set by the Florida government for workers comp class codes, there are still ways that employers can lower their overall workers compensation costs and total premium. Our insurance agents would like the opportunity to discuss these premium discounts and other cost savings measures with your business. Contact us today to receive competitive quotes for your business.

Other Related Class Codes

  • 5506 for street or road construction – paving or repaving
  • 5507 for street or road construction – subsurface work
  • 5508 for street or road construction – rock excavation

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