Longshoremen and Work Related Accidents Longshore and maritime jobs are among the most dangerous in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every year, some 350 longshoremen are seriously injured in work-related accidents. Longshore workers repair ships and do other dangerous jobs in addition to loading and unloading cargo, and they are subject to many risks on the job. The Most Common Injury Types for Longshoremen The three most common longshoremen injuries are: • Drowning • Machine and equipment accidents • Slips and falls When longshoremen must deal with faulty equipment, lack of safety gear, and slippery work environments, these and other accidents are even more likely. Your Fort Lauderdale employment lawyer is there to help you get the compensation you deserve when you’re injured at work. OSHA’s Latest Shipyard Standards In May 2011, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) released new shipyard standards covering 14 workplace safety categories and updates for minimum lighting, vehicle safety, and hazardous materials standards. These standards became enforceable on August 1, 2011. Congress is also considering amendments to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act The LHWCA was enacted in 1927 and provides compensation and medical benefits for those who are injured, sickened, or killed in their work as a longshoreman, harbor worker, or shipyard worker. Around half a million workers are protected under this act. If you’ve been injured on the job, speak with a Fort Lauderdale employment lawyer. You may receive compensation at two-thirds of your average weekly wage (subject to minimums and maximums) for as long as you are injured. Permanent impairment and surviving spouse benefits are also covered. You Can’t Be Penalized for Exercising Your Rights If you have been hurt on your job as a longshoreman, shipyard, or harbor worker, your employer may not in any way discriminate against you or fire you when you make a claim under the LHWCA. You have a dangerous job, and your Fort Lauderdale longshoremen injury attorney is there to help you get the compensation you are entitled to and to protect your rights as a worker.
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