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The Workers’ Compensation Division received notification of 19,572 accepted disabling claims in 2015. Employment increased by 57,500 workers, resulting in a 2015 claims rate of 1.1 claims per 100 workers

In 2015, there were 77 years separating the oldest and youngest workers. The youngest was a 13-year-old farm worker who amputated his finger in a combine incident. The oldest was a 90-year-old health care volunteer who fractured her wrist after being pulled down by another falling worker.

  • Occupational diseases comprised 5.3 percent of the accepted disabling claims.
  • Workers in their first year with an employer filed 5,973 claims, 30.5 percent of the total accepted disabling claims in 2015, compared to 1,986 (10.1 percent) for those in their second year.
  • Of the total 19,572 accepted disabling claims, 87 were for workers younger than 18, and 633 were for workers age 65 or older. The average age of claimants in 2015 was 42.
  • Of the total 19,572 claims, 1.8 percent (355) occurred out of state.
  • Most of the claims were for male workers, accounting for 12,549 (64.1 percent) of the total compared to 7,023 for females.
  • The average weekly wage at time of injury for all claimants was $711.62. The average weekly wage for all Oregon workers, excluding federal employees, was $974.20.
  • Private industry accounted for 17,064 of the accepted disabling claims (87.2 percent).
  • Transportation and material movers are the most commonly injured worker occupation, comprising nearly 18 percent of all accepted disabling claims in 2015.

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

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This document was originally published in September 2016.
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