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Case 4: Industrial Hygiene Hazards at Georgia Mobile Home Manufacturers, 1990-2000

Manufactured Housing in Georgia

Manufactured Home
  • 50,000 Mobile homes built each year (15% of total nationwide)
  • 20 manufactured home facilities
  • Average cost per home: $28,800
  • Provide over $2.7 billion to Georgia's economy

Source: GA Manufactured Housing Association-1996

Background
  • Comprehensive industrial hygiene surveys conducted at ten Georgia manufactured home builders between 1990 and 2000 under the OSHA-funded Georgia Tech Safety and Health Consultation Program
  • 125 to 300 employees at each facility surveyed
  • Each facility operated one shift per day
  • 10 to 12 single-wide homes typically manufactured each day
  • OSHA or NIOSH sampling methods used to collect representative personal samples
  • Sample analysis conducted by Wisconsin Occupational Health Lab, Madison, WI
  • LWDI Rates ranged from 0 to 29.7
  • One Facility had 1227 lost days in 1994
  • Most common injuries: Musculoskeletal related, punctures from nail and staple guns, lacerations, contusions