A ladder that not only protects against electric shocks
Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik offers the first TRBS-compliant GRP step ladders manufactured in Germany
Relaxed working even at high voltage: Users can now do this with the new TRBS-compliant GRP step ladders from Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik. These are available as stepladders and straight ladders. The new products are made of insulating glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) and provide the necessary plus in work safety not only in the electrical trade when working near live parts. The innovations also score points in the cold and with chemical substances. The new GRP step ladders are tested according to DIN EN 61478:2002 + A1 (2004) for voltages up to 60,000 volts and, as step ladders, also meet the stricter requirements of the Technical Rules for Industrial Safety - especially TRBS 2121 Part 2.
Users can therefore rely on the innovation from Günzburg, especially in the high-voltage environment. With this latest innovation, Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik is living up to its reputation as a leader in technology and innovation: the family-owned company is the first supplier ever to launch GRP step ladders manufactured in Germany.
"When working in the vicinity of electrical components, the utmost caution is inherently required. With our new step version of our GRP ladder, we not only offer users reliable protection against electric shocks, but also greater stability when working on the steps thanks to the larger tread surfaces," says Ferdinand Munk, owner and managing director of the Munk Group.
Designed with safety in mind
For maximum safety, not only the body of the new GRP step ladders but also a large part of the components are made of insulating material in order to prevent the danger of body flow or the triggering of an arc due to a short-circuit or earth fault. In this way, the remaining risk is kept as low as possible. The 80 millimetre deep steps, conically guided stiles and the patented nivello ladder shoe, which has an intelligent 2-axis tilt technology as well as a practical angle-of-attack control, ensure a safe standing of ladder and user. The high-strength stair rail connection also offers pure stability.
As a stepladder, the GRP step ladder is available in four sizes up to a working height of 3.1 metres and is characterised by its easy handling: It can be assembled and dismantled in seconds and without much effort. With integrated transport safety straps, the folded ladder is also secured against unplanned unfolding. The GRP stepladder is available in five sizes (six to 14 steps) and can be used for working heights of up to 4.5 metres. From 3 metres ladder length, the single ladders are equipped with a GRP traverse with non-slip ladder shoes. Accessory packages such as the complete set of ladder head safety devices can be used to fix the single ladder to suspension brackets, gutters or beams.
Good thermal insulation
GRP ladders are not only in great demand in the electrical trade, but also wherever corrosion resistance or good thermal insulation is required - i.e. also in particularly hot or cold environments. The fibre-plastic composite, also known as 'fibreglass', is particularly weather-resistant and thus has first-class protection against corrosion. In addition, the GRP step ladders are suitable for work in the environment of chemical substances such as acids and alkalis due to their material composition. When stored and used as intended, the GRP step ladder is resistant to ageing for at least ten years.
First GRP step ladder made in Germany
"It speaks for our high standards and good vertical range of manufacture as a quality manufacturer that we are the first supplier ever to be able to supply GRP step ladders that are manufactured in Germany. This once again lives up to our reputation as a technology and innovation leader," says Munk.
About the MUNK Group
With its business units Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik, Munk Rettungstechnik, Munk Service and Munk Profiltechnik, the Munk Group is one of the most important suppliers of access and rescue equipment as well as suitable service solutions. As a technology and innovation leader in access equipment, the name Munk stands for safety made in Germany. The company is now run by the fourth and fifth generations of the Munk family - true to 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. In 2022, the company was awarded the "Work and Family" audit by berufundfamilie Service GmbH.
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 over 400 people at its headquarters in Günzburg and at the site of the Munk Rettungstechnik business division in Leipheim. The company recently invested 20 million euros in the development and expansion of its sites.