Setting up and using an access mat is one of the most important things that a modern builder needs to be able to do. It is without a doubt, one of their most important jobs, especially when it comes to working in and protecting sensitive ecological areas where large equipment needs to be used deliberately and delicately.
There are many fragile areas that you may need to work in where it would be unsafe to use heavy machinery without using an access mat underneath. Making sure that you understand the importance of this tool, and how to use it appropriately is paramount.
The goal is to create temporary road surfaces that allow for heavy trucks and other tools to be used without damaging the ground underneath. It can be seen as a form of scaffolding for heavy vehicles, but it is designed to keep them off the ground rather than prevent them from falling. However, an access mat can be used over muddy terrain to prevent heavy vehicles from getting bogged down in the mud and needing to be fished out, which can be a significant waste of time and resources.
The main point of using these products is to ensure that work crews can get vehicles like bulldozers and cranes around the site without making large depressions due to the weight of the vehicle and the pressure that is exerted by treads and tires. Even though they may look simple to use when you first learn about them, access mats need to be handled professionally so that the best benefit can be achieved and safety maintained.
The following is going to examine some important notes for using an access mat properly.
Have a plan of action
Before any work begins, you need to ensure that you have a solid plan for how you are going to lay out all of your access mats. You need to think about how many you are going to need as well as what the most optimal layout will be to ensure that each heavy vehicle can get around and in/out of the site easily. This helps you to keep costs to a minimum so that you don’t end up buying more access mats than you actually need.
Use the correct product for the job
There are different options available to you when you are choosing which access mat product to go with, so you need to think about what is going to be most appropriate for the job you are doing. Some are going to be more heavy-duty than others, and you need to know exactly what vehicles are going to be used and what weight each product can support so that you can make the correct decision in this space.
Make sure there is enough protection
When you are going to be using access mats, ensure they are covering all the important areas and act as a bridge over the sensitive areas of the terrain. Set them up so that the weight distributed in the best way possible.
Ensure they are correctly arranged
Make sure that all of the access mats you use are running with the direction that traffic is going so that weight is dispersed evenly when pressure from heavy vehicles is present. This will help protect the surface beneath them.
There is a lot to think about when using access mats properly on any worksite. Make sure that you take heed of the notes above so that you get the best use out of this product.