Defense Base Act

The Arch Insurance Defense Base Act Division provides statutory federal workers compensation benefits to U.S. government contractors who perform work outside the 50 U.S. states.


We differentiate ourselves by providing superior service, flexibility and responsiveness to clients’ needs. Our team of dedicated professionals has the expertise in underwriting, risk control and claims support services to address clients’ ever changing needs in this unique industry.


  • Select retail and wholesale producers. 

Financial Ratings

  • A.M. Best: A+.
  • Standard and Poor’s: A+.
  • Fitch: A+.


Corporate Contact

Shane McCaffrey

Senior Vice President, Defense Base Act Insurance

+1 201 275 3658

[email protected]

Sarah Potts

Product Line Manager Foreign Casualty/Assistant Vice President, Defense Base Act

Direct: +1 215 606 1584

Mobile: +1 832 375 4264

[email protected]

Victoria Dickerson

Claims Account Manager, Defense Base Act

+ 1 972 658 0856

[email protected]

Customer Profile

Broad appetite including but not limited to:

  • Communication and telecommunications. 
  • Construction. 
  • Financial services. 
  • Network and information technology. 
  • Supply chain and logistics. 
  • Training and education.

Product Highlights


Statutory Defense Base Act Workers’ Compensation and Employers Liability. 

Program Structure

  • Guaranteed Cost. 
  • Retrospective rating available in limited instances. 
  • Minimum Premium of $10,000. 

Service Delivery


  • Arch’s Claims Account Management team provides claims oversight, TPA oversight and claims service.  
  • Claims Partners: Gallagher Bassett and ESIS. 

Risk Control Services: 

  • Arch consultants are embedded with Underwriting, Claim and Actuarial for seamless service coordination and delivery. 
  • Extensive Business Alliance Network for specialized DBA services – Mental Health, Ergonomics and Physical Demands Analysis, Training and Development, Compliance and Program Development, Safety and Risk Management Technology Solutions, Outplacement Services, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene.

24/7 Global Assistance and Evacuation: 

  • Full access to Emergency Travel Assistance and Medical Evacuation services provided through Akeso Care.

Submission Guidelines

  • Arch DBA application preferred but equivalent accepted; must include five year loss run and employee concentration information. 

DBA Benefits

We know and understand your volatile and unpredictable industry, and are dedicated to providing exceptional levels of service to our clients. Arch Insurance is committed to the DBA space with specialized underwriters and a client team that works closely to address your needs and provide solutions.

Risk Control

Arch Risk Control partners with our customers to focus on key DBA exposures to loss and the controls required to prevent and mitigate those losses. Our service approach is founded on collaboration, analytics, technical expertise and strategic services to drive improved performance and results.


Arch is committed to a superior customer-focused claims experience. Our exceptional claim professionals collaborate with you to deliver solutions that mitigate exposure. Our model is designed to deliver exceptional claim service for all specialty risk solutions Arch provides to our clients worldwide across a wide range of industries.

Arch Difference

Foreign Casualty