Maritime work can be difficult, and many tasks require skill and training. Injuries that occur may not be covered by standard insurance programs because of their nature or where the work is performed. To understand how you can protect both your business and workers, you should conduct research into the United States Long shore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (USL&H).
What Is the USL&H?
The USL&H is a federal law that is designed to cover gaps in protections for employees performing work on open water. Basically, it serves to protect maritime workers who perform tasks on the navigable waters of the United States. It also covers work performed in adjoining areas like docks or terminals. Companies with marine employees must carry coverage to comply with the United States Long shore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Failure to do so can result in a penalty of up to $10,000 or possibly imprisonment.
What Benefits Does It Provide?
When an injury to a worker happens on navigable waters, they are covered by the USL&H. Costs associated with medical care, rehabilitation services and lost wages can be compensated. It also has provisions for survivor benefits to be paid if an injury results in the death of a worker.
Having appropriate insurance coverage can help you avoid costs associated with medical care and fines. At the same time, it can ensure that your workers receive the care and wage replacement they are entitled to in the event of an injury.