Do-it-yourself boom during the COVID-19 epidemic: safety first
Users should rely on ladders, small scaffolding and bridging platforms of professional quality with the "Made in Germany" cachet for gardening work in autumn
Many people are enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers and hobby gardeners – and this especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are taking the time to beautify their house, yard and garden. And particularly in autumn, there are once again plenty of jobs on the to-do list. Now, the garden's bounty is being gathered in, and it's time to prune the fruit trees, clean the rain gutters and redecorate inside the home. To ensure that working at height remains an accident-free and safe pleasure, users should have access to functional tools and stable climbing aids: Experts clearly recommend professional quality "Made in Germany" here.
"The do-it-yourself boom has really taken off during the coronavirus epidemic. We also see this effect in autumn, which is the most important time for working in the garden and around the house. This year, there will certainly be even more do-it-yourselfers eager to carry out new projects and tackle the clean-up and repair work before winter. Despite all the exuberance, however, safety must not fall by the wayside. Accidents happen faster than you think", says climbing equipment expert Ferdinand Munk from Günzburg, referring to a study by the Robert Koch Institute. According to this study, one in three accidents occurs at home or in the garden, the most common cause being falls.
According to the expert, it is therefore important to ensure professional quality not only for hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and chain saws. Users should also rely on access technology with the "Made in Germany" cachet for ladders, scaffolding and bridging platforms. "The more time people spend at home during the COVID-19 epidemic getting their home into shape, the greater the risk of accidents. In order to minimise this, do-it-yourselfers and gardening enthusiasts should definitely rely on products from specialist retailers. These ensure safe standing at height and offer a 15-year quality guarantee. Users can also rely on competent advice and be sure that all products comply with the applicable standards and regulations", continues Ferdinand Munk.
Professional quality from the specialist trade
High-quality ladders are characterised, for example, by robust connections between the steps or rungs and the side-rails. They have sufficiently large standing platforms and suitable accessories. The ladder shoe is particularly important. Here, the 2-axis inclination technology has set a new benchmark, because this new flexibility ensures perfect ground contact by the ladder shoe over its full surface. This in turn ensures maximum stability, which in the case of high-quality ladders is rounded off with a comprehensive range of safety accessories.
While ladders are suitable for individual jobs on solid, level ground, small mobile scaffolding or bridging platforms are required for large-scale works. They combine safety with convenience, can be set up in no time at all and stowed away just as quickly in the tool shed or garage to save space. "When you are trimming a hedge or working on the façade of a house, for instance tackling that long overdue repainting job, small scaffolding and bridging platforms are the right solutions. In addition to maximum safety, their spacious platforms also offer sufficient freedom of movement and space for paint buckets, toolboxes and cutting machines", says the expert.
Additional safety features
Instead of queuing up at the DIY store like during the first wave of the coronavirus, this time DIY enthusiasts and people in the building trade should go to specialist retailers for their autumn sales promotion. According to Ferdinand Munk, the quality products appeal to customers with additional safety and equipment features that set them apart from the cheap products sold in DIY stores. This is also the view of leading do-it-yourself magazines. In them, high-quality products from Günzburger Steigtechnik have received several awards in product tests – for example the handy and stable ML ladder or the compact ML scaffolding. A new option is the FlexxTower one-person scaffolding, which allows working heights of up to around 6.10 metres to be reached. It can be safely assembled and disassembled by a single person without the need for tools and provides adequate space for two people on its platform.
About the MUNK Group
With its business units MUNK Günzburger Steigtechnik, MUNK Rettungstechnik, MUNK Profiltechnik and MUNK Service, the MUNK Group is one of the leading suppliers of access solutions and rescue equipment and corresponding service solutions. As a technology and innovation leader in access solutions, the name Munk stands for safety made in Germany. The company is now run by the fourth and fifth generations of the Munk family. With the reorganisation under the umbrella of the MUNK Group, the former Günzburger Steigtechnik GmbH has given itself an even more clearly differentiated company structure to ensure its future and is making it clear with its name that the company will remain in family hands. Under the motto: One family. One name. One mission.
In the MUNK Günzburger Steigtechnik business unit for access solutions, the MUNK Group carries over 2,500 products in its standard range, from ladders for commercial, public and private use to mobile scaffolding, platforms, stairs and bridging steps to custom-made special constructions. These include, for example, work and maintenance platforms, docking systems, walkways and assembly platforms, which, in the era of digitalisation, can also be automatically adapted to the respective environment using the latest control technology.
In the MUNK Rettungstechnik business unit for rescue equipment, the company offers access solutions and transport logistics for fire, rescue and disaster relief operations. These include, for example, multi-functional ladders, scaling and push-up extension ladders, rescue platforms, toolboxes, station equipment and a wide range of mobile containers. In the MUNK Service business unit, the MUNK Group bundles the areas of installation, testing, repair and maintenance of access solutions and rescue equipment, as well as seminars.
The youngest business division, MUNK Profiltechnik, offers high-quality technology for individual and professional configurations with a functional and sophisticated profile system.
The MUNK Group is always drawing attention to itself with new ideas that offer customers real added value in practice. It has already received several awards for its innovations, its economic development, its responsible and sustainable actions and as a family-friendly employer – most recently from the Oskar Patzelt Foundation as one of the three most impressive companies in the German SME sector. The company is also one of the top 100 innovators in the SME sector in 2021.
The MUNK Group manufactures exclusively in its home region of Günzburg. It was also the first provider ever to be audited by TÜV Nord in 2010 with the certified proof of origin “Made in Germany” and grants a guarantee of 15 years on all standard made in Germany products. The MUNK Group employs around 400 people at its headquarters in Günzburg and Leipheim and is currently investing around 20 million euros in its sites.