The Workers' Compensation Division received 27,922 accepted disabling claims in 1997, a decrease of 467 claims from 1996. Employment increased by 62,000 workers. This resulted in a claims rate of 1.8 claims per 100 workers. This claims rate is a record low in Oregon.
Note: Employment figures based on data from Oregon Employment Dept. Claims rates represent the number of claims per 100 workers. Disabling claims include fatal cases.
Of the 43 work-related fatalities recorded in 1997, 40 of the victims were men, and 3 were women. The youngest was a 16-year-old farmworker. The oldest was a 77-year-old truck driver.
Note: Excludes 5 claims in unreported industries. Because of rounding, percents may not sum to 100.0%.
Sprains or strains of the back were the most common injury in 1997 accounting for 5,898 claims - or 21.1 percent - of the 27,922 claims accepted as disabling.
3,978 disabling claims were accepted in 1997 for falls to floors, walkways, or the ground, 3,278 for bodily reaction of the injured worker, and 2,862 for overexertion with containers.
Note: The department adopted a revised coding system in 1996. Therefore, the distributions of nature, event and source codes are not always comparable to previous years' distributions.
Note: Excludes 415 claims with unreported occupations. Because of rounding, percents may not sum to 100.0%.
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