Archive for November 5, 2013
The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act was passed in 1927 as a way to extend workers’ comp to certain maritime workers not otherwise covered by its predecessor, the Jones Act. This specifically includes, as its title would suggest, those who work on docks and harbors. As with any workers’ comp laws, there is a system put in place in order to ensure the injured are appropriately taken care of once they can no longer perform their occupational duties.
Every year, the Longshore Act tackles nearly 30,000 cases of both maritime workers and those in private industry who have been disabled or killed while on the job. These injuries and fatalities aren’t always one-time accident