The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act is enforced by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs for the benefit of maritime employees. All workers employed in maritime occupations, like shipbuilders, ship repairers and other harbor workers, as well as workers engaged in related jobs, are covered under this act.
Louisiana residents who own and operate boats or other watercraft on the state waterways should know and adhere to the appropriate rules and regulations. Any resident or person operating a boat in Louisiana waters violating these rules may be penalized under the law. Criminal charges may be imposed for irresponsible operation of a watercraft, which may cause an accident and property damage.
Many workers in Louisiana are employed in a variety of jobs that take place on the open ocean, including marine shipping, cruise lines and drilling platforms that explore and drill for oil and gas. Like workers on dry land, they can also meet with unfortunate accidents that can take their lives in a flash through no fault of their own.
Louisiana has lakes, streams, rivers and bayous within the state's inland waterway system. In addition to these, there are territorial seas, tidal shorelines and coastal estuaries. Due to this, Louisiana hosts a variety of recreational and commercial activities. Boating activities not only provide enjoyment to the visitors and residents of the state but also affect the state's economic growth.
Lafayette residents are fond of enjoying the state's beaches and waterways and many take every possible opportunity to do so. Swimming and boating are all favorite pastimes for locals. Unfortunately, when some fail to follow basic safety requirements and act in a reckless or negligent manner, the results can be tragic.