Understanding The Industry
Contractors, homeowners, industry professionals and hobbyists have a demand for a quick and sturdy and adjustable worktable for all types of applications. As the construction industry grows and individual laborers and contractors seek easy and efficient ways to complete jobs on time, this in turn will demand for more self-reliance on the job. With the cost of materials going up and lumber stores peppered all over the country; we see an increased need to bring tools to the job site enhancing the skills, abilities and efficiently of industry professionals. General contracting services, handyman, butchers, outdoor enthusiasts to homeowners are demanding a more portable one-size-fits all approach in equipment diversification.
Due to limited space and unpredictable conditions, there is a demand for a standard heavy duty portable work bench that is adaptable for different trades and industries. Therefore, in order to be practical and usable for heavy-duty use in the field, any workbench has to adjust to uneven ground, be portable and easy to set up and move in any environment. The T.R.U.C Table © is a modern solution to the age-old problems faced in the field.
Background / Problems
The construction industry is a volatile and fast-paced environment. The need for independent productive construction professionals is on the rise. Self-reliance and productivity is paramount as an individual contractor or a managing a fleet of specialists. According to a 2009 report by the Construction Industry Round Table, they cite:
One CEO recently observed that bigger projects "will require a higher level of sophistication in executing them, and issues such as environmental concerns and safety issues will be of paramount importance.” He went on to note that “with this increasing project complexity, there is even higher demand for outstanding general managers, who
appreciate how a whole host of functional disciplines integrate under them ranging from human resources to regulatory, legal, and financial issues.
The importance of project innovation, time management and productivity will be a vital virtue for the individual general contractor or manager of a fleet of construction specialists. According to the U.S. Census Bureau News since 2011, the construction overall annual spending rate has increased from $760.6 billion in 2011 to $967.2 billion in April 2015. In private construction, spending has increased from $468.8 billion in 2011 to $698.2 in 2015 and in the public sector; it went from $268.9 billion in 2011 to $292.5 billion in 2015 (U.S. Census Bureau News, 2011/2015). The increase in construction spending both in the private and public sectors indicate a rise in the need for construction professionals now.
Reducing Workplace Injuries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015 there is over 2,034,910 million carpenters, constructions laborers, managers, electricians and operating engineers in the United States alone. Of these occupations, the BLS cites in 2013 non-fatal occupational injuries as, “Despite no change in the private sector rate, the rate of falls on the same level increased to 15.4 in 2013, up from 14.8 in 2012 with increases in construction (from 12.6 to 16.1); wholesale trade (from 9.9 to 11.4); and transportation and warehousing (from 22.9 to 28.3)." Work site safety is paramount in today’s litigious environment. The Center for Construction Research and Training states, “The risk of back injuries varies among construction subcontractors. Glass and glazing contractors reported the highest rate of back injuries (97.8 per 10,00 FTEs) in 2010, followed by masonry contractors (43.3 per 10,000 FTEs).” The CPWR cites below how back related injuries prevent workers from being on the job site: (graph 48b)
Author Phil La Duke wrote in Entrepreneur magazine six ways to improves work site safety; he included, demanding safe work practices and providing the right tools and equipment. He stated, “There is a very strong human drive toward expediency and many workers will risk using the wrong tool or taking a short cut to get the work done.” Choosing the right tool for the job is as important as choosing the right materials. Time is money and money is time. Streamlining productivity flow, decreasing time spent on finding tools and reducing work place injuries through less lifting of heavy items are priorities of construction companies, government agencies municipalities and the individual general contractor. A simple yet cost effective solution is available for all trades and industries that reduces lifting and helps to create organized job sites.
Solution- The TRUC Table © System
The need for a collective and common useful workbench system is here and it is the TRUC Table ©. This Tough Rugged Utility Construction grade table is designed for the construction professional, homeowner and fleet of building specialists. The TRUC Table © is equipped with open-ended sections to accommodate specialty accessories specifically designed for different trades, hobbies and industry professionals. Accessories are designed by industry experts to allow each trade; hobbyist and industry professional to individually design their TRUC Table © for their needs. The TRUC Table © has the ability to hold 350lb plus of static weight.
The TRUC Table © can upgraded to accommodate metal, steel or wood tops. The TRUC Table © is portable when equipped with the Hitch Mount System (HMS) sold separately. The hitch mount system (HMS) allows the TRUC Table © to connect securely to most vehicles 2-inch hitch system. Next, when not in use the TRUC Table © folds up like a tailgate close to the rear of the vehicle, then straps to the bumper, truck stake pockets or lumber rack for easy transport. The Hitch Mount System can be purchased with magnet lights and a separate license plate holder that complies to state traffic safety laws. The magnet lights simply attaches to the TRUC Table © and plugs into the vehicles standard four point trailer light connection to allow for signaling while the TRUC Table © is attached to the hitch. The license plate frame can be attached to the TRUC Table © and will allow the driver to display their license plate.
The TRUC © Table fits to most stock pickup trucks with a 2-inch hitch. This table has the ability to adjust to uneven surfaces while attached to the vehicles hitch or when used separately in the field. The top (spine) can be vertically adjusted while attached to the vehicles hitch up to 4 inches in order to level the TRUC Table © top with the most standard truck tailgates. This permits any load in the back of the truck to be easily pulled or dragged onto the table with little to no effort. Once the table has been adjusted with all four legs down and securely locked the load can then be simply rolled away on any flat smooth surface. The idea behind this concept is to reduce the amount of lifting and moving of parts, material or loads on a job site. If a trailer needs to occupy the hitch the TRUC Table ©is light enough and can be folded up and placed into the back of a truck or trailer for easy transport. (see future HMS that will allow trailers to be attached as well as the TRUC Table ©)
The TRUC Table © is portable, light, easily adjusts to uneven ground, tough, rugged, universal with most vehicles 2-inch hitch system, cost effective and functional.
Over time, there have been innovative truck and vehicle tools, storage systems and accessories that enhance work and play. Designers have invented products that make work easier, more efficient which allow us to play harder and focus on the journey with end-results in mind. Rather for work or play, the TRUC Table © is a common and collective tool that enhances any industry professionals ability to be productive or fleet service to be safety focused.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2014). Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2013. Washington D.C.: United States Department of Labor.
Duke, P. L. (2014, June 16). 6 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety Without Going Broke. Entrepreneur, p. 4.
FPL ADVISORY GROUP. (2009). Top Strategic & Operational Issues Facing the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industries. Chicago, Illinois: FPL Advisory Group LLC.
The Center for Construction Research and Training. (2010). Back Injuries in Construction and Other Industries. Washington State: The Center for Construction Research and Training.
U.S. Census Bureau News. (2011). February 2011 Construction Annual Rate. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce.
U.S. Census Bureau News. (2015). February 2015 Construction Annual Rate. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce.