The Workers' Compensation Division received 24,645 accepted disabling claims in 2001, a decrease of 720 claims from 2000. Employment decreased by 8,600 workers. This resulted in a claims rate of 1.5 claims per 100 workers, a six percent reduction from 2000. This claims rate is a record low in Oregon.

Of the 34 work-related fatalities recorded in 2001, 33 of the victims were men and one was a woman. The youngest was a 22-year-old truck driver. The oldest was a 77-year-old firefighter.



Injury/Disease Facts, Oregon, 2001

  • The transportation and public utilities industry had the highest claims rate (3.4), followed by the construction industry (3.3). The finance, insurance, and real estate industry had the lowest rate (0.4).
  • Occupational diseases comprised 13.6 percent of the accepted disabling claims.
  • Of the total 24,645 claims accepted as disabling, 170 were for workers younger than 18; 359 were for workers 65 or older. The average age of claimants in 2001 was 39.
  • Claims filed by women totaled 8,105 (32.9 percent).
  • The average weekly wage at time of injury for 2001 claimants was $523.37. The average weekly wage for Oregon workers, excluding federal employees, was $633.13.
  • Workers in their first year with an employer filed 8,801 claims, 35.7 percent of the total accepted in 2001.
  • Ninety percent of the accepted disabling claims came from private industry.
  • Motor vehicles were the most common secondary source of injury in 2001, contributing in 821 claims.

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