It wouldnt be my primary style of discipline but all kids are different. And we dont know the type of relationship 16 yr old and dad have. It could be very good.
I dont see it as abusive. Hell, I just had a 15 and half yr old out here digging up a water line with his dad. He works with his dad on many contracting projects. (He's homeschooled).
Great kid, good attitude, hard worker.