Injury/Disease Facts, Oregon, 2000
- The transportation and public utilities industry
had the highest claims rate (3.6), followed by the construction
and mining industries (each with 3.2). The finance, insurance,
and real estate industry had the lowest rate (0.4).
- Occupational diseases comprised 12.8 percent
of the accepted disabling claims.
- Of the total 25,365 claims accepted as disabling,
202 were for workers younger than 18; 320 were for workers 65
or older. The average age of claimants in 2000 was 39.
- Claims filed by women totaled 8,149 (32.1 percent).
- The average weekly wage at time of injury for
2000 claimants was $506.53. The average weekly wage for Oregon
workers, excluding federal employees, was $626.74.
- Workers in their first year with an employer
filed 9,212 claims, 36.3 percent of the total accepted in 2000.
- Ninety percent of the accepted disabling claims
came from private industry.
- Motor vehicles were the most common secondary
source of injury in 2000, contributing in 875 claims.
The Workers' Compensation Division received 25,365 accepted disabling
claims in 2000, a decrease of 437 claims from 1999. Employment increased
by 21,600 workers. This resulted in a claims rate of 1.6 claims per 100
workers, unchanged from 1999. This claims rate is a record low in Oregon.
Of the 45 work-related fatalities recorded in 2000, 42 of the victims
were men and three were women. The youngest was a 15-year-old newspaper
carrier. The oldest was a 71-year-old machinist.