The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act Law and Legal Definition

The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides a remedy to the injured maritime worker. The term “employee,” as defined in the LHWCA, does not include a master or member of a crew of any vessel. In order to be covered under the Act, the person should engage in a maritime work. The Act gives a broad definition to the term “employee.” The Act assures coverage to employee as a seaman, a longshore or harbor-worker, or under state workers' compensation laws. A wide range of marine employees including ship repairmen, aquaculture workers, builders of small recreational vessels, etc are covered under the Act.