Despite a 30 percent increase in Oregon’s workforce, the number of disability claims and on-the-job fatalities are down sharply since the system was overhauled two decades ago.
“Up until the recession, we had a tremendously growing payroll base, producing a lot of revenue, coupled with declining workers’ compensation claims,” said division administrator John Shilts. “We had a lot of work going on in some fairly high-hazard industries, such as construction, but we were not seeing a lot of injuries. And it’s still true today.”
Yes, the nature of work in Oregon has changed. There’s more below about what kind of jobs generated claims, and where injuries occurred last year.