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The Workers' Compensation Division received 23,482 accepted disabling claims in 2002, a decrease of 1,163 claims from 2001. Employment decreased by 21,100 workers. This resulted in a claims rate of 1.5 claims per 100 workers, which is the same rate as in 2001. This claims rate is a record low
in Oregon.

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Of the 52 work-related fatalities recorded in 2002, 47 of the victims were men and five were women. The youngest was a 19-year-old fire watchman. The oldest was a 73-year-old timber faller.

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Injury/Disease Facts, Oregon, 2002

  • The transportation and public utilities industry had the highest claims rate (3.4), followed by the mining industry (3.2). The finance, insurance, and real estate industry had the lowest rate (0.5).
  • Occupational diseases comprised 14.0 percent of the accepted disabling claims.
  • Of the total 23,482 claims accepted as disabling, 141 were for workers younger than 18; 353 were for workers 65 or older. The average age of claimants in 2002 was 40.
  • Claims filed by women totaled 7,793 (33.2 percent).
  • The average weekly wage at time of injury for 2002 claimants was $536.25. The average weekly wage for Oregon workers, excluding federal employees, was $642.10.
  • Workers in their first year with an employer filed 7,987 claims, 37.5 percent of the total accepted in 2002.
  • Eighty-nine percent of the accepted disabling claims came from private industry.
  • Vehicles were the most common secondary source of injury in 2002, contributing in 792 claims.

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