Top 10 Longshore Insider Blogs of 2021

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The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. launched its blog in April 2009. Moderated by longshore expert Jack Martone, the blog focused on providing valuable information, advice, and commentary on the United States Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to waterfront employers and marine brokers.

Today, the Longshore Insider aligns with all areas of expertise at AEU – from claims to safety, leadership development to longshore consulting. Here's a look at the most popular articles from 2021 - some of which were written way before this year, but their popularity has stood the test of time.

  1. The Six Key Safety Responsibilities of Every Employee
    For the second year in a row, this article is our most-read article of the year. Employees expect their employers to provide a safe work environment with protection from job hazards. It’s important that employees realize they have a role in maintaining a safe workplace as well.
     
  2. There’s a principle basic to the concept of workers’ compensation laws that must be resolved at the initial stage of a claim. Here’s how it applies to the Longshore Act.
     
  3. Employee involvement and support is essential for a high-performing safety program. A safety manager who effectively meets their “wants” will improve the teamwork and collaboration needed for success.
     
  4. The Jones Act gives seamen a negligence remedy and the Longshore Act is a workers’ compensation law for land-based maritime workers. You’re either one or the other since the two laws are mutually exclusive, but it’s often hard to tell where an injured worker belongs.
     
  5. Workplace strain injuries are among the costliest for maritime employers. Understanding how the body gets injured provides insight into prevention strategies to minimize the cost of these injuries and improve the efficiency of operations.
     
  6. Productive employees are engaged employees, and engaged employees typically have managers who understand – and deliver on – what motivates them. While it varies by generation, the desire for feedback is evident across all age groups – it’s just a matter of how you deliver it.
     
  7. Employees often refrain from expressing concerns about unsafe conditions or practices, and this silence can be the difference between life and death.
     
  8. It’s often assumed that all employees possess an equal amount of common sense for working safely. However,  common sense is unique to each individual, so that assumption can be a costly mistake.
     
  9. The IRS does not consider legitimate per diem payments to be taxable income, thus they are not “wages” under the Longshore Act, and are not included in the calculation of the average weekly wage. There are issues and red flags, however, when dealing with “per diem” payments.
     
  10. This article highlights best practices that will not only help reduce injury rates and improve health of aging workers, but will also positively impact your bottom line.

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