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The Longshore Act and vessels: important distinctions

A person who sustains an injury in the maritime industry in New York may not be eligible for traditional workers’ compensation benefits. However, the U.S. Department of Labor explains that the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act was designed to ensure that these employees who work on boats and other vessels still receive compensation to help cover the costs associated with an injury on the job. This legislation’s language has led to some confusion over the years, though, particularly in regards to the word “vessel.”

What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act?

Maritime, offshore and longshore workers fall into a separate category than land workers. These groups of workers are entitled to different workers' compensation benefits than your typical worker. In order to ensure safe and fair working conditions at sea, on marinas or docks, certain acts have been put into place.

Shipyards can be toxic workplaces

When people in New York think about jobs in the shipping industry, they imagine people working on a ship. However, there are many other types of occupations and some of them involve a shipyard. The National Institutes of Health point out that a shipyard is not just a place where ships are assembled. It’s also where ships are taken when they are in need of maintenance, disassembly, cleaned or need something repaired.

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