Department of Consumer & Business Services
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The Workers' Compensation Division received 25,802 accepted disabling claims in 1999, a decrease of 1,247 claims from 1998. Employment increased by 21,500 workers. This resulted in a claims rate of 1.6 claims per 100 workers. This claims rate is a record low in Oregon.

Table 1. Accepted Disabling  Claims

Of the 47 work-related fatalities recorded in 1999, 42 of the victims were men, and five were women. The youngest was a 16-year-old farm worker. The oldest was a 72-year-old motorcycle escort.


  • The transportation and public utilities industry had the highest claims rate (4.1), followed by the mining industry (3.6). The finance, insurance, and real estate industry had the lowest rate (0.5).

  • Occupational diseases comprised 12.2 percent of the accepted disabling claims.

  • Of the total 25,802 claims accepted as disabling, 219 were workers younger than 18; 304 were 65 or older.
    The average age of the 1999 claimants was 38.
  • Claims filed by women totaled 8,025 (31.1 percent).
  • The average weekly wage at time of injury for 1999 claimants was $489.98. The average weekly wage for Oregon workers, excluding federal employees,
    was $589.19.

  • Workers in their first year with an employer filed 9,143 claims, 35.4 percent of the total accepted in 1999.

  • Ninety percent of the accepted disabling claims came from private industry.

  • Motor vehicles were the most common secondary source of injury in 1999, contributing in 916 claims.

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA)

    The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) offers a wide range of services to Oregon's employers and workers to improve work-place safety and health. These services include:
          • Consultations
          • Education/Conferences
          • Technical resources and film library
          • Educational grants
          • Hazard abatement assistance

For more information, contact:
350 Winter St. NE, Rm. 430
Salem, OR 97301-3882
(503) 378-3272 or
(800) 922-2689


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