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Cougar Gulch: Your Trade Show Marketing Representative

Extreme Industrial Coatings deals in high-tech wear protection for metal surfaces and is a production machine shop in Airway Heights, Washington. They have created a specialty product with a very narrow market. They re-manufacture the rotating and stationary valves of the Lockwood Air Cup Potato Planter. This means they target a narrow market of potato […]
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Best Practices for Employee Safety Bulletin Board

The Employee Safety Bulletin Board is usually located in the employee lounge. Some businesses may place it in a common hallway or near the main office. On this board should be posted all the regulatory posters, locations and emergency numbers and other information to help employees conduct their business in an informed, efficient and safe […]
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OSHA Inspections, Citations and Penalties – the basics

What we refer to as OSHA: The full legal name of the OSH Act is the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (84 Stat. 1590 et seq., 29 U.S.C. 651 et seq. – these are the statutes). For the practical application of the statutes, the listing of all the rules and regulations are […]
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Employer Required USDOL, OSHA and State Posters

Employment and Safety posters are required to be posted in a location common to and accessible by all employees. A common location would be installing an employment and safety bulletin board in the employee lunchroom. If there is no lunchroom or lounge, the board should be located in a common area, such as a hallway […]
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Dean’s Quick Rules for Writing Interesting Articles

The goal of every author is to attract the audience of the reader, whether the purpose be merely to entertain, or whether it be to win the reader to the author’s point of view. This may seem easier to envision than it is to accomplish. Here are a few tips I give to aspiring authors. […]
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Workplace Safety Manual by Cougar Gulch Group

The Workplace Safety Manual is more than a manual – it is an education. The categories in this manual encompass general industries and construction operations. We can affordably adapt this manual to your workplace. We can also aid with your ISN certification. Purchase one copy; review it; then contact Dean to fit this manual to […]
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New OSHA Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction

Previously, OSHA included “flexible language” in 1926.501(b)(13) because of concerns expressed during the rulemaking period about the feasibility and safety of using conventional fall protection for residential construction. The wording of this section is: “Residential construction.” Each employee engaged in residential construction activities 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels shall be protected […]
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Dean Isaacson – Expert Witness for Construction Forensics

Expert Witness was one of the services I performed before moving from Seattle to Idaho. It is something I enjoyed very much because it involved two of my favorite occupations – analyzing and writing. The time required establishing my construction enterprise prevented me from pursuing this line of work in Idaho, until now. Below is […]
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Repairing OEM Parts for Nutone Fan Replacement

When your Broan-Nutone fan goes out, expect the manufacturer to charge you $125 for the guts of a fan that cost $89. The smart thing would have been to purchase a new unit at the store and swap guts. However, the local stores were not stocking the item and it is possible Nutone no longer […]
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Updated Construction Estimation Spreadsheet in CSI MasterFormat

This spreadsheet is a revision of the previous worksheet for residential and light commercial construction take-offs and project estimation used by my previous companies and which many readers of this article have and may be using today, with my permission. Before I get into the changes in this document over the previous, let me give […]
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