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About Longshore Claims Administration

Administered by the Division of Federal Employees', Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (DFELHWC), the mission of Longshore Program is to minimize the impact of land based, maritime employment injuries and deaths on the injured employees and their families by ensuring that workers' compensation benefits are provided promptly and properly under the following laws:

Benefits paid under the LHWCA and its extensions totaled $1.1 billion in CY2018. Excluding beneficiaries who are covered by the Special Workers’ Compensation Fund, the Longshore Program generally does not issue benefit decisions or payments directly to injured workers. The role of the Longshore Program is to provide technical assistance, dispute resolution services and oversee benefit delivery by the self-insured employers and insurance carriers it authorizes and regulates.

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Any party to a claim or the party's representative may now choose to waive service by certified mail and instead receive service via email. This electronic service option applies only to compensation orders, not other communications from the OWCP/DFELHWC. To learn more, click HERE to access Industry Notice No. 152.

OWCP has established one single phone number to contact us. Regardless of which compensation district and suboffice is assigned to the case, the single phone number will reach the right point of contact for that case. See Contact Us for the new phone number and hours of operations.

OWCP has six new OMB Approved forms that must be used when requesting DFELHWC intervention in a claim. See Industry Notice 180 and our Form webpage.

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Longshore Industry Notices

The Longshore Industry Notice is a document that is issued typically to Longshore's business partners and/or clients and provides guidance, instruction, and/or information relevant to the application of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). See all Longshore Industry Notices.







Frequently Asked Questions

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Laws, Regulations and Procedures

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) and its extensions, all associated federal regulations, LHWCA procedure manual and related reference materials.

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