The Workers' Compensation Division received notification of 28 compensable fatalities in 2011. This is 11 more than the record low of 17 in 2010, but is still the second lowest ever reported since Oregon began tracking in 1943.

Oregon Compensable Fatalities

Note: Workers' compensation-covered employment figures are based on data from the Oregon Employment Department. Fatality rates are the number of fatality claims per 100,000 workers. The 2011 employment and fatality rate estimates are preliminary.
Data exclude deaths of workers not subject to Oregon workers' compensation coverage, such as workers who were self-employed (including contractors), working in Oregon for out-of-state employers, city of Portland police and fire employees, and federal employees.

Oregon Industries
Occupation of Oregon Injured Workers

Compensable Fatality Facts
Oregon, 2011

  • The average age of workers for fatal claims accepted during 2011 was 47, the same as it was in 2010.

  • The oldest worker was a 79-year-old dump truck driver who fell from the back of his truck. The youngest worker was a 17-year-old farm worker who was thrown off the four-wheeler ATV he was operating.

  • Ethnicity was reported as "White" for 19 of the 28 fatalities accepted in 2011, two of which involved Hispanic workers. The other nine are unknown.

  • Male workers account for the majority of compensable fatalities. During the five-year period of 2007 to 2011, only five of the workers were females (3 percent). Out of the 28 accepted fatalities for 2011, all but one were for male workers.

  • Twenty-six of the fatal injuries occurred in Oregon (93 percent). The other two occurred in other states (one in Utah and one in Washington).


Event resulting in injury

At least three of the seven workers killed in highway accidents were not wearing seatbelts (one was unknown).

Source of injury or disease

Trucks were the source for nine of the vehicles involved in fatal accidents, four of which involved semi-trucks.

Tenure of worker

Note: Tenure is the amount of time the worker had worked for the employer at injury and is not necessarily indicative of the worker's level of experience.

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA)
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) offers a wide range of services to Oregon's employers and workers to improve workplace safety and health. These services include:

  • Consultations
  • Education/conferences
  • Technical resources and film library
  • Educational grants
  • Hazard abatement assistance

For more information, contact: Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter St. NE, Rm. 430, P.O. Box 14480, Salem, OR 97309-0405
503-378-3272 or 800-922-2689

Fatality/claims data
Visit the DCBS Web site at Select the “Statistical Reports” link for additional workers’ compensation claims data and other statistical reports, or call the Information Management Division at 503-378-8254.

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
National work-related fatality data can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Web site at:

Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Information about Oregon Health Sciences University's Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program (FACE) can be found at:

Employer workers' compensation coverage
For additional information about employer coverage requirements, you may contact the Workers' Compensation Division Employer Compliance Program at, call 888-877-5670, or find it on the Internet at:

Classification systems
Data are classified according to the following classification systems:

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If you have questions about the information contained in this document, please contact by e-mail or phone: Karen Howard, 503-947-7364,
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