2017 ORS 656.140¹
Coverage of persons operating equipment for hire

(1) Any person, or persons operating as partners, who have an ownership or leasehold interest in equipment and are engaged in the business of operating such equipment for hire, may elect to cover themselves under the Workers’ Compensation Law by filing with an insurer a written application to become entitled as subject workers to the benefits of the Workers’ Compensation Law.

(2) As used in this section “equipment” means:

(a) A motor vehicle used in the transportation of logs, poles or pilings.

(b) A motor vehicle used in the transportation of rocks, gravel, sand or dirt.

(c) A backhoe or other similar equipment used for digging and filling ditches or trenches.

(d) A tractor.

(e) Any other motor vehicle or heavy equipment of a kind commonly operated for hire.

(3) The insurer may accept such application and fix a classification and an assumed monthly wage at which such person, or persons operating as partners, shall be carried on the payroll as workers for purposes of computations under this chapter.

(4) When the application is accepted, such person, or persons operating as partners, become subject workers. Thereupon, such person, or persons operating as partners, shall be subject to this chapter as a subject employer notwithstanding ORS 656.023 (Who are subject employers) and shall be entitled to benefits as subject workers.

(5) No claim shall be allowed or paid under this section, except upon corroborative evidence in addition to the evidence of the claimant.

(6) Any person, or persons operating as partners, electing coverage under this section, have the same duties and responsibilities of any other subject employer in the event they hire one or more subject workers.

(7) The rights given to a person, or persons operating as partners, and their beneficiaries pursuant to this section for injuries compensable under this chapter are in lieu of any remedies they might otherwise have for such injuries against the person for whom services are being performed. [1969 c.463 §2; 1975 c.556 §24; 1981 c.854 §10; 1981 c.876 §4]

Law Review Cita­tions

55 OLR 432-445 (1976); 16 WLR 519 (1979); 22 WLR 559 (1986)

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Notes of Decisions

Party having af­firm­a­tive of any issue must prove it by preponderance of evidence unless legislature fixes some different quantum of proof. Hutcheson v. Weyerhaeuser Co., 288 Or 51, 602 P2d 268 (1979)

Amend­ments to existing statutes and enact­ment of addi­tional statutes by 1995 legisla­tion generally apply to pending cases and to orders still ap­pealable on June 7, 1995, effective date. Volk v. America West Air­lines, 135 Or App 565, 899 P2d 746 (1995), Sup Ct review denied

Amend­ments to existing statutes and enact­ment of addi­tional statutes by 1995 legisla­tion do not extend or shorten procedural time limita­tions with regard to ac­tions taken prior to June 7, 1995, effective date. Motel 6 v. McMasters, 135 Or App 583, 899 P2d 1212 (1995)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Benefit unavailability for inmates engaged in prison work programs, (1996) Vol 48, p 134

Law Review Cita­tions

24 WLR 321, 341 (1988); 32 WLR 217 (1996)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 656—Workers’ Compensation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors656.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 656, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano656.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.