The Workers’ Compensation Division received 22,325 accepted disabling claims in 2004, an increase of 493 claims from 2003. Employment increased by 49,300 workers. This resulted in a claims rate of 1.4 claims per 100 workers. This claims rate is a record low in Oregon.

Of the 46 work-related fatalities recorded in 2004, 39 of the victims were men and seven were women. The youngest was a 16-year-old dog trainer. The oldest was a 71-year-old log-truck driver.


Injury/Disease Facts, Oregon, 2004

  • Claims tend to be centered on areas of the state with dense population. The Portland metropolitan area (Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties) had 39.8 percent of all accepted disabling claims in 2004.
  • Occupational diseases comprised 12.3 percent of the accepted disabling claims.
  • Of the total 22,325 claims accepted as disabling, 149 were for workers younger than eighteen; 362 were for workers 65 or older. The average age of claimants in 2004 was 40.
  • Claims filed by women totaled 7,293 (32.7 percent).
  • The average weekly wage at time of injury for 2004 claimants was $556.52. The average weekly wage for Oregon workers, excluding federal employees, was $678.12.
  • Workers in their first year with an employer filed 7,477 claims, 37.9 percent of the total accepted in 2004.
  • Eighty-nine percent of the accepted disabling claims came from private industry.
  • Vehicles were the most common secondary source of injury in 2004, contributing in 750 claims.

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