DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER & BUSINESS SERVICES,
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS SECTION
WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS
CALENDAR YEAR 1995
The Workers' Compensation Division received 30,564
accepted disabling claims in 1995, a decrease of 966 claims
from 1994. Employment increased by 53,000 workers, resulting in
a claims rate of 2.1 claims per 100 workers. This claims rate is
a record low in Oregon.
Of the 48 work-related fatalities recorded in
1995, 44 of the victims were men, and four were women. The
youngest was a 23-year-old construction laborer. The oldest was
a 63-year-old millwright.
Sprains or strains of the back were the most
common injury in 1995, accounting for 7,274 claims - or 23.8
percent - of the 30,564 claims accepted as disabling.
4,562 disabling claims were accepted in 1995 for
falls to floors, walks, or the ground, and 3,626 for
overexertion with containers.
INJURY/DISEASE FACTS, OREGON,
- In 1995, 30,564 claims were accepted as
disabling. The claims rate was 2.1 claims per 100 workers, a
record low in Oregon.
- Of the total 30,564 claims accepted as disabling, 9,768
(32.0 percent) were for women; 307 (1.0 percent) were for
workers under age 18; and 292 (1.0 percent) were for workers
aged 65 or over.
- Occupational diseases comprised 12.4 percent of the
accepted disabling claims.
- Some 783 workers filed more than one injury or disease
claim and had those claims accepted in 1995.
- The average weekly wage at time of injury for 1995
claimants was $418.06 while the average weekly wage for all
Oregon workers, excluding federal, was $491.78.
- The construction industry and the transportation and
public utilities industry had the highest claims rate (4.5). The
finance, insurance and real estate industry had the lowest rate
- Workers in their first year with an employer filed 11,291
claims, 36.9 percent of the total accepted in 1995.
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