Shipyard workers’ tasks and the associated risks

Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 5:58 pm    

Shipyard workers are responsible for many different job functions vital for maritime industry. Among these tasks are building vessels, performing significant or cosmetic ship repairs, performing machine maintenance and overhaul, and conducting inspections. These tasks require heavy manual labor, and shipyard workers often have to face many workplace hazards.

Among the many dangers a shipyard worker faces everyday are burns, electrocution, exposure to hazardous materials such as asbestos, accidental slip and falls from ill-staged scaffolds, and sometimes, tragically, even death. Unfortunately, in some cases, these accidents could have been prevented if the employer had not been negligent in ensuring workplace safety.

Workers who have been injured while at a shipyard can now file a lawsuit against negligent employers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. This act allows shipyard workers to seek compensation far more substantial than what most workers’ compensation plans provide. To know if the injury you have suffered qualifies you for compensation under this act, consult with an attorney from Joe Miller Law, Ltd, by calling our Norfolk office at (757) 455-8889 today.

Who benefits from the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 10:45 pm    

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a workers’ compensation law enacted in 1927 that aims to cover certain workers who have been involved in accidents that occurred on the navigable waters of the country or in adjacent areas, such as docks and piers. Broadly, LHWCA is a bill that entitles certain maritime and ship workers to be compensated for partial or total disability, temporary or permanent loss of earning capacity, and medical bills during treatments.

The United States Department of Labor has outlined certain workers who are eligible for compensation through this act, including:

  • Longshoremen
  • Ship builders
  • Ship breakers
  • Ship repairers

On the other hand, the act excludes certain maritime workers, including:

  • Certain workers covered by a state’s workers compensation law
  • Employees of the U.S. government, any U.S. state, or any foreign government
  • Seamen (members of a crew of any vessel)

If you are a longshoreman or a harbor worker injured while on duty in Norfolk, our attorneys at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., might be able to help you pursue much-needed workers’ compensation under the LHWCA. Call us at (888) 694-1671 to find out more about how we can help you.