Work-related injuries are all too common. In fact, there are about 25,000 accepted disabling workers’ compensation claims in Oregon each year. Fortunately, state law requires employers to carry workers’ comp insurance so workers are protected in the event that they get injured on the job.
As you might expect, claims are more common in some industries than others. For example, a financial analyst working from his home office is much less likely to sustain a work injury than a logger, a fireman, or a truck driver. Knowing the risks in your industry can go a long way, both in preventing injuries and handling workers’ comp claims successfully.
We’re here to break down the workers’ compensation rates by occupation in Oregon and the specific hazards and injuries associated with various jobs.
Understanding Workers’ Comp Claims Trends
It’s possible to get injured in any line of work. But some industries are much more dangerous than others. That’s why it’s essential that Oregon employers and workers know about the common workplace hazards, injuries, and occupational diseases in their specific industries.
Workers’ compensation industry data helps workplaces take effective preventative measures. It also highlights the importance of workers’ compensation law in Oregon. There are many factors that contribute to the prevalence of workers’ comp claims in various sectors of the economy. But generally, the more occupational hazards inherent to a job, the more workers’ compensation claims we see.
Oregon’s Top Industries for Workers’ Comp Claims
Caregivers and CNAs
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, healthcare workers are at a significant risk of workplace injury. While nearly all health industry workers are exposed to contagious diseases at work, caregivers and CNAs face additional injury risk because of the physical tasks they perform on a daily basis. Injuries commonly result from lifting and transferring patients, working with hazardous materials and equipment, and dealing with violent encounters with patients, which leads to a higher rate of workers’ comp claims.
The logging industry is an incredibly important part of Oregon’s economy, employing over 61,000 people and producing an average of 3.8 billion board feet per year. Unfortunately, it’s also one the most dangerous industries for workers. Jobs are physically demanding and generally involve working with dangerous equipment. The need to work in remote areas also exacerbates the inherent risks. That’s why it’s so important for logging industry employers to carry robust workers’ compensation insurance to protect these essential workers.
Contractors and Construction Workers
There are many workplace hazards in the construction industry, including falls and slips, lifting injuries, hazardous materials exposures, crush injuries, vision and hearing loss, and equipment-related injuries. Construction workers and contractors are among those most likely to file workers’ comp claims in Oregon and across the country.
Construction jobs that are particularly dangerous include:
- Demolition work
- Heavy equipment operation
- Road work
Truckers and Other Transportation Industry Workers
Driving is an occupational hazard. Transportation incidents are the most common cause of fatal work injuries in the United States, and non-fatal injuries are also common among those who need to drive for work. Truckers, delivery drivers, and other transportation workers are at an increased risk of work injuries due to the amount of time they spend on the road, which leads to a higher volume of workers’ compensation claims.
Emergency Services and Law Enforcement Officers
By nature, law enforcement, corrections, and emergency services are dangerous industries. After all, jobs in these fields require workers to confront dangerous situations rather than avoid them. Police and correctional officers are at an increased risk of workers’ comp injuries because they work around convicted or suspected criminals who may be combative on a daily basis. From violence and road accidents to hazardous materials exposures, there are many hazards in emergency services.
Factory and Manufacturing Workers
People who work in Oregon’s factories face additional risk of getting injured on the job or developing an occupational disease. Among all manufacturing industry professions, iron and steel workers face the highest rates of workers’ compensation injuries.
Hazards of manufacturing work may include:
- Exposures to chemicals
- Crush and machinery-related injuries
- Repetitive-motion injuries
- Lifting injuries
- Slips and falls
- Vision and hearing loss
Fishermen and Fishing Industry Workers
After logging, fishing is Oregon’s most dangerous industry for workers. Fishermen are exposed to some of the most brutal working conditions in Oregon and around the world. They’re regularly exposed to storms, fog, and heavy wind in addition to dangerous equipment, slippery surfaces, and remote locations. Oregon workers’ compensation insurance is essential to help protect fishermen and other outdoor industry workers from the potential hardship of an injury.
Staying Informed for a Safer Work Environment
Both employers and employees are responsible for creating a safe work environment. This is true in all industries, but it’s particularly vital in professions that carry higher-than-average risks of workplace injury.
Employers in these industries need to establish specific and enforceable policies to protect worker safety. It’s also essential to foster a safety-oriented culture in order to ensure that workers look out for themselves and each other at all times.
If you do sustain an on-the-job injury in Oregon, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim to get the financial, medical, and vocational benefits you need to help you weather the storm.
If You Get Injured on the Job in Oregon, You’re Not Alone. Contact RGMR and Get the Benefits You Deserve!
A work injury or illness can be a tremendous hardship for Oregon workers and their families. From lost wages, to medical expenses, to emotional and psychological suffering, it can feel like there’s no hope. But you are legally entitled to compensation to help you cope and recover.
At RGMR, our skilled Oregon workers’ compensation attorneys have helped countless injured people file workers’ comp claims and fight for the benefits they need. Let us use our encyclopedic knowledge of the workers’ comp system, our unwavering determination, and our 70+ years of combined experience to help ensure your claim is successful.