“Made in Germany” safety: 1 euro investment = 2 euros return
Investment in safety at work pays for itself twice over. Günzburger Steigtechnik solutions lower costs and improve efficiency
Investing in safety at work is more worthwhile than ever. “Every euro invested is repaid twice over”, comments access solutions expert Ferdinand Munk from Günzburg, referring to an international study that calculated a 2.2 return on prevention (ROP). In specific terms for companies that invest in prevention: one euro invested will return a success of 2.20 euros – in the form of improved safety at work and efficiency, and lower costs arising from accidents and disruptions to business. As Munk explains, it is particularly important that companies rely on “Made in Germany” premium quality and safety when investing – for instance in products manufactured by Günzburger Steigtechnik, considered to be the leader in innovation and technology for access solutions. Finding the optimum solution from the premium manufacturer is extremely easy: the comprehensive standard product range comprises over 1,600 products. Alternatively, bespoke special constructions can also be implemented quickly and easily – thanks to the ability to conduct project planning and management directly in situ at the client or using a Product Configurator.
The study entitled “Calculating the international return on prevention for companies: costs and benefits of investments in occupational safety and health” was initiated jointly by the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the German Social Accident Insurance Company (DGUV) and the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Energy, Textile, Electrical and Media Products Sectors (BG ETEM). It calculated a cost-benefit ratio of 1 to 2.2. “The study proves it in black and white: companies benefit from a double return on their investment in occupational health and safety and prevention. This is scientific proof of what we have been experiencing in practice every day for many years. Our innovative solutions greatly increase the safety of employees, but they also prevent accidents at work, improve efficiency and save companies money”, emphasises Ferdinand Munk, Managing Director of Günzburger Steigtechnik GmbH.
Small investment, big impact
The family-owned company understands that safety is a basic need. Its solutions therefore ensure the highest level of safety at work combined with top-quality workmanship. The manufacturer produces solely in its own home district of Günzburg and offers a 15-year guarantee on all products from its standard range. This range covers many solutions, including step ladders, steps, platforms, mobile scaffolding and stairs, all of which have a major impact on safety at work and process optimisation in companies.
As Ferdinand Munk explains, instead of relying on temporary aids, companies should always choose the right access solution for the specific task – high-quality ladders, for instance, are ideal for climbing and short work timeframes. Günzburger Steigtechnik supplies a comprehensive range of TRBS-compliant solutions, the steps of which provide safe access and a safe and secure footing on the ladder. The quality product manufacturer’s work platforms, scaffolding (such as the FlexxTower) or vertical mast lifts (such as the FlexxLift) are ideal work equipment. They are fitted with large step and standing areas and offer users maximum safety, in part also thanks to their sophisticated railing concepts.
Works safely and without tiring
Günzburger Steigtechnik is also the ideal partner in the event that the individual customer’s needs go beyond the standard range. The innovation and technology leader develops custom-made access solutions, including work platforms, bridging steps, walkway systems and platform stairs for a wide range of production and maintenance work tasks. These are easy to connect to one another – thus often enabling a new level of automation. All solutions provide for shorter and safer pathways and access in the most diverse working environments, improving ergonomics directly at the workstation and ensuring employees can work safely and without tiring.
“Investing in safety at work and prevention pays off in many ways. It contributes, above all, to maintaining the health of employees. Our solutions – whether from our standard range or custom-made – reduce accidents and operational disruptions, saving companies the associated costs. They also help to optimise processes and massively improve efficiency within the company”, adds Ferdinand Munk.
Objective: avoiding accidents at work
Andreas Riebel from Stadtwerk Regensburg.Fahrzeuge und Technik GmbH seconds the positive impact of investing in safety at work. The company relies on Günzburger Steigtechnik solutions for all kinds of access equipment and maintains its fleet of buses with a made-to-measure roof working platform purchased from the premium manufacturer. The maintenance workshop used to work with self-constructed steel posts before purchasing the new platform. However, it was not easy to transport them to the location of use for each new operation, and they were also unstable, heavy and unwieldy. “A serious workplace accident involving an employee drastically showed us that we need a different solution, and that we simply cannot compromise on safety at work. Our investment in the Günzburger Steigtechnik roof working platform has really paid off – our employees can thus rely on the highest level of safety at work”, continues the Assistant Operations Manager and Organisation manager of “das Stadtwerk.Regensburg”.
Assembly by Munk Service
When developing these customised solutions, Günzburger Steigtechnik stands out on account of its simple, uncomplicated and economical implementation process. The company attaches the greatest importance to professional project management, including on-site support and comprehensive after-sales service. It provides first-class customer consulting from the get-go. First and foremost, the company defines any potential for optimisation. The Günzburger Steigtechnik interdisciplinary team, comprising sales, design and production specialists, then develops tailor-made solutions and handles the entire project planning, design and project management process. If required, this can also include on-site expertise up to turnkey final assembly by its subsidiary Munk Service, which has extensive experience in the setting-up of made-to-measure access solutions.
The company's top-level service also includes free maintenance for one year after purchase and a chat service on the company’s website www.steigtechnik.de Specifically with regard to special constructions. Questions about tailor-made designs are answered quickly and in detail here. Bridging steps, stairs and mobile platform stairs can also be customised online using a Product Configurator. These digital services perfectly complement Günzburger Steigtechnik’s top-level face-to-face customer service. “Whether digital or live on site: we find the ideal access solution for every requirement. Our customers can thus immediately rely on improved safety at work and efficiency, while at the same time benefiting from twice the return on their investment from day one”, stresses Ferdinand Munk.
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.