New Report Reveals Interesting Trends in 2013 Oregon Work Injuries
January 6, 2015
The 2013 Oregon Occupational Injury and Illness Survey was released by the Department of Consumer and Business Services last week, and what it reveals about the incidence of workplace injuries in the private sector in Oregon during 2013 is interesting.
In particular, this survey found that, in 2013, the rate of work injuries in the private sector slightly increased from those reported in 2012, as the 2013 rate of work injuries was 4.1 for every 100 full-time workers while it was 3.9 for every 100 full-time workers in 2012.
More Significant Findings Regarding 2013 Oregon Work Injuries
Here is an overview of some more of the significant findings of this survey regarding 2013 Oregon work injuries in the private sector:
- In 2013, there were a total of 45,156 work injuries reported from the private sector in Oregon.
- Of these, more than 53 percent resulted in the injured workers missing days from work, transferring jobs or having to have their job duties restricted due to the existing work injuries.
- Although the jump from 3.9 to 4.1 in the reported 2013 Oregon work injuries was greater than the national average of workplace injuries reported for the private sector, it was less than the rate of work injuries reported for the public sector in Oregon in 2013 (as this rate was 4.3 per every 100 full-time workers).
- The rate of 2013 Oregon work injuries in the private sector was the highest it’s been since 2009.
- From 2009 to 2013 on the national scale, the rate of work injuries in the private sector has declined by about 0.3 percent (dropping from 3.6 to 3.3).
- For 2013 Oregon work injuries in the private sector, occupational illnesses and work injuries that caused missed work days (or job transfers or limited work duties for injured employees) occurred at a rate of about 2.2 percent. Nationally, this rate was 1.7 percent in 2.13.
More Fascinating Findings Regarding 2013 Oregon Work Injuries
In 2013, the most work injuries within the private sector were recorded by the agricultural industry, the forestry and fishing industries and the hunting industry, which all saw a rate of work injuries that was 4.0 per every 100 full-time workers.
- Following these industries were the transportation and warehousing industries, as well as the construction industry, which had reported work injury rates of 3.8 and 3.5 (respectively).
- The private sector industries that saw the lowest reported incidence of work injuries in 2013 included the finance and insurance industries (0.5), the real estate industry (0.8) and the education industry (0.8).
2013 Oregon Work Injuries: A Quick Look behind the Numbers
In attempting to provide an explanation as to why some of the rates for 2013 Oregon work injuries are greater than the national average (as well as why these rates can fluctuate from year to year), here’s what the report’s author, Hannah Haugen, has pointed out:
- The incidence of occupational illnesses and workplace injuries in Oregon is generally higher than the national average because there is a greater proportion of Oregon’s population employed in hazardous industries (like, for instance, the agriculture, construction, fishing and hunting industries).
- A number of different factors can impact the annual totals for Oregon work injuries and illnesses, with only some of these including:
- How much economic activities takes place within the state in a given year
- The general working conditions and safety programs that are in place for a given year
- How many hours Oregon’s workforce works during any given year.
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