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Longshoremen Work Physically Demanding

Series Part 2 of 6:

Longshoremen Work Physically Demanding

longshoremen tradeLongshoreman endure physically demanding work from Day One until retirement day. It’s not easy, it requires training because Longshoremen work physically demanding positions.

Imagine working on ships, lifting, carrying, moving, products and objects in ports, docks, piers.

Longshoremen work under water, diving off piers, diving into water to repair structures, docks, ships, engines, equipment in all kinds of weather on U.S. waterways year-round in dangerous situations.

Longshore Act Attorney

If and when a longshoremen is hurt or becomes ill, it’s important to report the injury to a supervisor, to work with the union, but to absolutely speak with a longshore act attorney immediately.

It doesn’t matter what the injury or illness is, speak with a Longshore Act attorney so that should you need to fight for your medical benefits and for your compensation, you are properly represented.

This is the second in a 6-part series on Longshoremen by Garfinkel Schwartz. Garfinkel Schwartz represents Florida Longshoremen and longshoremen across the country, fighting for medical care and compensation. Longshoremen are covered by the Longshore Act.

Longshoremen Unions

Every longshoreman must be a member of a Longshoreman’s union Longshoreman’s Union. As a member of the local chapter, there are longshoremen unions to represent workers and who will provide guidance to anyone who is injured. There is a local in each major port area in Florida which has 11 locals of the International Longshoreman’s Association all along the coast:












Longshoremen often begin as casual laborers who are called to work as needed. The work is sporadic and short-term and depends on whether fill-ins are needed to supplement the work of full-time union members.

A longshoreman’s experience will gradually allow them to be on “identified casual” status which puts them in line for a full-time employment when jobs become available. When union membership expands due to job demand, the local may distribute applications, after which a person will be eligible for full-fledged longshoreman status with union benefits.

Longshoremen Physical Requirements

Anyone who works on the docks has to meet minimum requirements of passing drug tests and having the physical ability to do the job, but the more hours you’ve worked as a casual laborer, the better when it comes to obtaining full-time employment.  And, if you’ve been around the docks, you’ve probably developed relationships with co-workers and other union members and that can only help.

These are general guidelines about becoming a longshoreman that are true for most areas, but it’s good idea to check your local union hall to find out the specific hiring methods it uses.

Start With Licensing, Certification, Education, Physical Fitness

Anyone serious about making longshoreman’s work a career, need all the education, certifications and licenses you must obtain before starting this process will be important.

You will need a high-school diploma. Even in high school, you can begin mapping out a career plan. In some states, high schools vocational offer programs or courses related to longshoremen’s work.  Some colleges near coastal areas have programs and one-year certification courses in maritime science.

Obtaining a commercial driver’s license can be important if you end up driving vehicles on the dock.  In short, research the jobs you might be doing, learn what you need to know about working at a port, develop as many skills as you can that relate to longshoremen’s work, talk to the experts who area already doing the work, prepare a resume, and prepare to work hard to reach your goal.

Garfinkel Schwartz Proud to  Represent Longshoremen

Garfinkel Schwartz is proud to represent Florida Longshoremen and Longshoremen across the country. It’s one of the toughest jobs and one that Americans rely on for the management of goods and products imported and exported in our country. Longshoremen deserve the best and if an injury occurs, the medical care that a longshoremen will receive will often depend on the quality of insurance care provided.

The Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Act protects the rights that Longshoremen need to ensure the best medical care and the accurate compensation when injured. Garfinkel Schwartz protects longshoremen and fights for their medical benefits and financial compensation, one family at a time.