Defense Base Act (DBA) insurance is a special type of Workers’ Compensation insurance to protect employers and contractor employees working on public sector projects outside of the continental United States. Higher benefit levels are provided for eligible workers and the workday is extended to 24 hours per day, which increases the employer’s potential liability for work-related injury, sickness or disease.
Established in 1941, the primary goal of the Defense Base Act was to cover workers on military bases outside the United States. The act was amended to include public works contracts with the government for the building of non-military projects such as dams, schools, harbors, and roads abroad. A further amendment added a vast array of enterprises revolving around the national security of the United States and its allies. Today, almost any contract with an agency of the U.S. government, for work outside the U.S., whether military in nature or not, will likely require Defense Base Act coverage.(Information Courtesy of AIG WorldRisk)
Failure to obtain DBA insurance carries stiff penalties. All government contracts contain a provision that requires bidding contractors to obtain necessary insurance. Failure to do so will result in fines and possibleloss of contract. The additional and most severe penalty is that employers without DBA coverage are subject to suits under common law, wherein common law defenses are waived. In other words, the claimants or their heirs need only file suit and do not have to prove negligence. Lastly, all claims may be brought in Federal Court and are against the insured directly. (Information Courtesy of AIG WorldRisk)
Moody Insurance offers periodic seminars and can provide information to qualified individuals and companies on the topic of Defense Base Act Insurance.
This description of coverage is not an insurance contract. Your policy is the contract that specifies and fully describes your coverage. Conditions and exclusions will apply. Not all coverage described is available in all states.