Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Oregon DCBS’ recent release of workplace fatality statistics for last year. According to the report, 61 people died on the job in Oregon during 2016, up from 41 in 2015.
The DCBS noted that the latest figures are based on a new data collection program that began in 2015 and is designed to provide a more comprehensive review of workplace deaths. Previously released figures included deaths only covered by the Oregon workers’ compensation system, while the new Workplace Fatalities in Oregon (WFO) program tracks on-the-job deaths, regardless of workers’ compensation status. As a result, the program now also includes workplace deaths involving self-employed people, city of Portland police and fire employees, federal employees, and incidents occurring in Oregon to workers with out-of-state employers.
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