Most workers in the United States are eligible for workers' compensation in the event they become injured. However, the law becomes more complicated when it comes to those who work in the maritime industry, including longshore and harbor workers.
If you are considering a career as a longshoreman or harbor worker you need to consider the risks that are associated with these careers. Working on docks and on ships in Louisiana can be exciting. These professions are definitely different than working in an office for eight or more hours per day, but they are also very dangerous jobs. Let's take a look at the risks these workers face on a daily basis.
If there's one thing that longshoremen have something in common with police officers and firefighters, it's that they all work long, hard hours. While each of these careers is physically demanding, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that law enforcement officers and firefighters suffer more catastrophic injuries or die on the job than longshoremen do.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) was drafted to protect any worker who became disabled while working in the navigable waters of this country. It gives anyone who works in certain industries access to vocational rehabilitation services, medical care and reimbursement of lost wages.
Many may think that working at sea would be far more dangerous than work in a shipyard. Sadly, that's often not the case. There are various aspects of wharf, shipping terminal, harbor or shipyard work that can be particularly hazardous.
Working as a longshoreman is a very rewarding career. Not only are you providing for yourself and your family, you also get to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer in Louisiana. You are on a dock by the water or on a boat almost every day of the week, which means you get to work outside in some of the most beautiful areas of the state. But, what if you get injured? Here's how to handle an injury working as a longshoreman.
If someone's injuries from a work-related accident are so severe and so painful that the victim ultimately feels compelled to take his or her own life, should the resulting injuries from the suicide attempt be part of the claim for workers' compensation?
If you work offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, you already know the dangers that you face before you even set foot on the oil rig. While major disasters like the Deepwater Horizon explosion garner the bulk of the media's attention, most work-related fatalities in the offshore oil and gas industries are related to transportation events.
Noble Drilling Services, Inc., an offshore oil drilling company, saw its efforts to compel an injured worker to undergo a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) thwarted by a U.S. District Court judge on May 29. In his ruling, the federal judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana suggested that he didn't anticipate that the worker's submission to another doctor's examination would serve any worthwhile purpose.
If you work in a maritime profession, then you've likely heard of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). It's a federal law that protects those working on the United States' navigable waters in case they are seriously injured or die while building, repairing, unloading or loading vessels.