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Modular home manufacturer cited for 25 serious safety violations


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it cited a Texas modular home manufacturer for more than two dozen safety violations following an inspection in October.

OSHA cited Austin-based Cavco Industries Inc., parent company of Palm Harbor Homes, for 25 serious and two other-than-serious violations and proposed $272,479 in penalties.

The agency said Cavco failed to provide workers with fall protection, allowed overhead hazards and suspended loads, improperly inspected fire extinguishers, didn’t offer welding screens, and used ladders improperly. It said the company also failed to maintain respiratory communication programs to protect workers from isocyanates and silica and didn’t provide employees with personal protective equipment.

Cavco, which designs and builds modular and manufactured homes, park model RVs and vacation cabins, has 15 business days to contest the citation and proposed penalties.