Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act

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What is a Maritime Occupation?

Maritime occupations mean any employment on a ship, tug, barge, or other vessel; in the operation and repair of such vessels, and in the loading and unloading of such vessels.

Maritime occupations are not necessarily a maritime service because it is rendered upon the high seas, a river, or other navigable water. To be a "maritime occupation", there must be a relation to commerce or navigation and a connection with a ship, tug, barge or other vessel employed in trade.

Maritime occupation includes a longshoreman or other person in longshoring operations, and any harbor worker, including a ship-repairman, ship-builder and ship-breaker. Longshoreman occupations are those jobs where one works in the loading and unloading of ships, tugs, barges, or other vessels.

Longshore workers move all kinds of cargo on and off ships either by the use of hand or using basic or specialized equipment.

Longshore operation means any activity relating to the loading and unloading of cargo, the operation of cargo-related equipment [whether or not integral to the vessel], and the handling of mooring lines on the dock when the vessel is made fast or let go, in the United States or the coastal waters thereof.

Harbor-worker includes a ship repairman, shipbuilder, ship-breaker and stevedore.

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