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The Workers’ Compensation Division received notification of 19,742 accepted disabling claims in 2014. Employment increased by 46,200 workers, resulting in a 2014 claims rate of 1.1 claims per 100 workers.

In 2014, there were 77 years separating the oldest and youngest workers. The youngest was a 15-year-old grounds worker who sprained her back while lifting a log. The oldest was a 92-year-old librarian who fractured her pelvis when she fell to the floor.

  • Occupational diseases comprised 5.5 percent of the accepted disabling claims.
  • Workers in their first year with an employer filed 5,737 claims, 29.1 percent of the total accepted disabling claims in 2014.
  • Of the total 19,742 accepted disabling claims, 63 were for workers younger than 18 and 603 were for workers 65 or older. The average age of claimants in 2014 was 42.
  • Of the total 19,742 accepted disabling claims, most occurred in Multnomah County (24.0 percent). There were 318 claims that occurred out of state.
  • Most of the claims were for male workers, accounting for 12,647 (64.1 percent) of the total.
  • The average weekly wage at time of injury for all claimants was $693.10. The average weekly wage for all Oregon workers, excluding federal employees, was $922.39.
  • Private industry accounted for 17,240 of the accepted disabling claims, approximately 87 percent.
  • Transportation and material movers are the most commonly injured worker occupation, comprising more than 18 percent of all accepted disabling claims in 2014.

If you have questions about the information contained in this document, please contact by email or phone: Karen Howard, research analyst, Information Technology and Research Section, Central Services Division, 503-947-7364.

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This document was originally published in September 2015.
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