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Precautions for The Proper Installation of Access Mats at Construction Sites

Jul. 23, 2021

Protecting ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands is one of the most important responsibilities of builders. That's why so many developers are choosing heavy-duty mats for construction sites where the presence of large equipment would otherwise damage fragile ecosystems.

By using these products to create temporary paths, crews can move cranes, bulldozers, trucks, and other equipment around the job site without having to worry about the tremendous pressure exerted by tires and tread.

While mats are useful for accessing sites with wet areas, swamps, and bogs, contractors need to use them properly to get the most out of them. Here are some tips to help ensure the access mats you use to perform as designed.

Heavy-Duty Mats

 Heavy-Duty Mats

Make a plan

Before you start work, take the time to make a plan for how you will install the mats on site. You will need to consider the most efficient routes to and from the job site for your machines, so you don't buy more mats than you need.

Choose the right product

You have a variety of options when it comes to materials and construction. For example, if you have a relatively small footprint for heavy equipment, you may not need as much protection. In this case, outrigger pads may be the best solution. For areas where the soil is particularly soft, a lighter composite product may be the best choice.

Make sure there is adequate protection for the area 

When setting up access mats, make sure they run through the entire wetland area, acting as a bridge to a more stable area. This will provide maximum protection.

Layout access mats correctly 

When placing temporary road mats, make sure that the ground protection mats are laid with the end of each piece of wood parallel to the direction of traffic. Doing so will allow them to better distribute pressure and secure the ground beneath their feet.

Use machinery to placemats

Use skid steers and tracked excavators to place access mats to make the installation process as easy as possible. Often, wooden mats have lifting bolts on both ends to make the procedure easier.

When you choose Abosn MAT for your access matting needs, you benefit from our decades of experience. No one knows more about construction mats and their uses than we do, so contact us today to find out what we can do for you.

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