Definition: The Defense Base Act (DBA) (ch. 357 of the 77th United States Congress, 55 Stat. 622, enacted August 16, 1941, codified at 42 U.S.C. 1651–1654) is an extension of the federal workers’ compensation program that covers longshoremen and harbor workers, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act 33 U.S.C. 901–950. The DBA covers persons employed at United States defense bases overseas. The DBA is designed to provide medical treatment and compensation to employees of defense contractors injured in the scope and course of employment.
United States Department of labour. Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC).
22 August 2014 http://www.dol.gov/owcp/dlhwc/lsdba.htm
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