The Workers’ Compensation Division received notification of 23,373 accepted disabling claims in 2006, an increase of 1,259 claims from 2005. Employment increased by 45,100 workers. This resulted in a claims rate of 1.4 claims per 100 workers. This claims rate is a slight increase from the record low rate reached in 2005.

In 2006, there were 77 years separating the oldest and youngest claimants. The youngest was a 13-year-old farm laborer. The oldest was a 90-year-old retail sales worker.


Injury/Disease Facts, Oregon, 2006

  • Occupational diseases comprised 11.6 percent of the accepted disabling claims.
  • Workers in their first year with an employer filed 7,965 claims, 34.1 percent of the total accepted in 2006.
  • Of the total 23,373 accepted disabling claims, 130 were for workers younger than 18; 430 were for workers 65 or older. The average age of claimants in 2006 was 40.
  • Claims filed by women totaled 7,609 (32.6 percent).
  • The average weekly wage at time of injury for 2006 claimants was $585.86. The average weekly wage for Oregon workers, excluding federal employees, was $724.88.
  • Eighty-nine percent of the accepted disabling claims came from private industry.
  • Claims tend to be centered on areas of the state with dense population. The Portland metropolitan area (Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties) had 40.4 percent of all accepted disabling claims in 2006.

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