These articles are republished with permission from The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. They were originally published in the Longshore Insider on March 27, 2020.

 Coronavirus in the Maritime Industry: Guidelines for Keeping Workers Safe

Ideas to Combat COVID-19 in Maritime Work Environments

March 23, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).

March 23, 2020
Procedure for Filing New Claims and First Reports of Injury

To aid in the efficient administration of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), and its extensions, the Director hereby notifies all parties that new injury claims may now be filed electronically via the Secure Electronic Access Portal (SEAPortal). See Industry Notice 178, Case Create Form Submission Methods, on the DOL website.  The SEAPortal, an Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWCP) sponsored web-based application, can be accessed from the OWCP/DLHWC website or directly at:

Submission of new claim forms through the SeaPortal is not required. It is being offered as an option to facilitate submission of claim forms electronically.


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