of Consumer & Business Services
Research & Analysis Section
The Workers' Compensation Division
received 27,049 accepted disabling claims in 1998, a decrease
of 873 claims from 1997. Employment increased by 36,100 workers.
This resulted in a claims rate of 1.7 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
Of the 52 work-related fatalities recorded in 1998, 50 of the
victims were men, and 2 were women. The youngest was a 19-year-old
farmworker. The oldest was a 77-year-old truck driver.
Note: Excludes 8 claims in unreported
industries. Because of rounding, percents may not sum to 100.%.
Sprains or strains of the back
were the most common injury in 1998 accounting for 5,672 claims
-- or 21.0 percent -- of the 27,049 claims accepted as disabling.
3,980 disabling claims were accepted
in 1998 for falls to floors, walkways, or the ground, 3,264 for
bodily reaction of the injured worker, and 2,701 for overexertion
Note: The department adopted
a revised coding system in 1996.
Therefore, the distributions of nature, event and source codes
not always comparable to previous years' distributions.
Note: Excludes 534 claims with
unreported occupations. Because of rounding, percents may not
sum to 100.0%.
- In 1998, 27,049 claims were
accepted as disabling. The claims rate was 1.7 claims per 100
workers, a record low in Oregon.
- Of the total 27,049 claims accepted
as disabling, 8,776 (32.4 percent) were for women; 260 (1.0 percent)
were for workers under age 18; and 335 (1.2 percent) were for
workers aged 65 or over.
- Occupational diseases comprised
12.4 percent of the accepted disabling claims.
- Some 567 workers filed more
than one injury or disease claim and had those claims accepted
- The average weekly wage at time
of injury for 1998 claimants was $467.91 while the average weekly
wage for all Oregon workers, excluding federal, was $563.11.
- The mining industry had the
highest claims rates (4.6), followed by the transportation and
public utilities industries (3.9). The finance, insurance and
real estate industry had the lowest rate (0.5).
- Workers in their first year
with an employer filed 10,016 claims, 37.0 percent of the total
accepted in 1998.
Facts in this leaflet are excerpted from
OREGON WORKERS' COMPENSATION
CLAIMS CHARACTERISTICS, 1998
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