The United States marine industry is a lifeline for America’s economy. It supports everything from shipbuilding and repair to foreign trade and domestic shipping. Most importantly, the industry provides over 15 million jobs. The number of workers needed to support the U.S. maritime infrastructure is impressive, but working on shipping vessels, oilrigs and docks can be hazardous.
Common hazards include:
- Falls from platforms
- Exposure to toxins
- Neck and back injuries
- Vehicular accidents
- Electrical shocks
According to the U.S. Federal Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (USL&H), maritime employers are required to provide compensation benefits to employees who work on or near U.S. waters. Protecting maritime employees is as important as the work they are required to perform. And, while companies do everything they can to maintain safe work environments, accidents do happen.
A single injury can sideline an employee for months and cause severe financial hardship. As an employer, you may be responsible for the individual (or individuals) injured on the job.