The Workers’ Compensation Division received 22,114 accepted disabling claims in 2005, a decrease of 211 claims from 2004. Employment increased by 51,500 workers. This resulted in a claims rate of 1.3 claims per 100 workers. This claims rate is a record low in Oregon.

In 2005, all of the 31 work-related fatality victims were men. The youngest was an 18-year-old skidder operator. The oldest was a 71-year-old road grader operator.


Injury/Disease Facts, Oregon, 2005

  • Occupational diseases comprised 12.3 percent of the accepted disabling claims.
  • Workers in their first year with an employer filed 7,458 claims, 33.7 percent of the total accepted in 2005.
  • Of the total 22,114 accepted disabling claims, 127 were for workers younger than 18; 378 were for workers 65 or older. The average age of claimants in 2005 was 40.
  • Claims filed by women totaled 7,193 (32.5 percent).
  • The average weekly wage at time of injury for 2005 claimants was $568.89. The average weekly wage for Oregon workers, excluding federal employees, was $696.56.
  • Eighty-nine percent of the accepted disabling claims came from private industry.
  • Vehicles were the most common secondary source of injury in 2005, contributing in 704 claims.
  • Claims tend to be centered on areas of the state with dense population. The Portland metropolitan area (Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties) had 41.1 percent of all accepted disabling claims in 2005.

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