While conducting fall protection training, staff of the Safety and Health Extension, West Virginia University, learned of hazards that are unique to modular home construction and investigated them as part of a pilot study. The literature shows that not much research has been done on the modular home industry and that what has been done focuses on manufacturing, rather than installation. This report, based on observation, interviews, and a questionnaire, lists the hazards faced by workers that appear to be specific to modular home installation, recommends ways to improve worker safety, and suggests areas for future research. In 2000, modular and mobile home manufacturing industries experienced 13 deaths from injuries, and residential building contractors, which include modular home installation companies, experienced 97 such deaths, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (In 2000, there were just under 1,200 deaths from injuries in construction.) In the most recent published report covering modular and mobile homes - manufacturing and installation, combined - the two were among the top 10 high-risk industries, as measured by BLS annual surveys of occupational injuries and illnesses.
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