Ground Protection Mats
What is ground protection mats and why use these mats?
A ground protection mat is a lightweight, non-slip and flexible mat that is made from high density polyethylene (HDPE). These mats provide a reliable base for traction and safe passage way for vehicles and heavy equipment over unpaved surfaces, sandy, soft muddy or marshy grounds.
Besides providing traction and safe access, ground protection mats also serves to protect the ground by dispersing heavy loads thus minimising soil compaction and erosion. The flexible construction of these ground protection mats allows the mats to follow contours of the ground thus making them well suited on sloping or undulating ground conditions. Due to the versatility of these mats, they are widely deployed in industries such as but not limited to construction, landscaping, oil & gas, utilities and civil engineering.
Ground protection mats with pedestrian-friendly treads provide safe temporary walking paths for pedestrian surrounding redevelopment projects near residential or high pedestrian footfall areas as well as a clean and level ground/floor for temporary set-ups such as pop-up events or festivals. At the same time, these mats protect the lawn or turf underneath.
Advantages of ground protection mats
Up to 80 tons load capacity; subjected to ground conditions
Lightweight; can be moved around by 2 staff members
Provide for reliable traction and grip in any weather conditions
Flexible construction allows for slopes and inclines conformity
Unlikely to warp, splinter or break under different weather conditions
Comparatively more durable and cost effective in the long run
Made of HDPE thus are non-conductive, unaffected by weather, chemical and oil resistant
Disadvantages of plywood and metal sheets
Both do not have definitive load bearing ratings
Both do not have traction; mud and water ponding can build up creating hazardous conditions for personnel, vehicles and equipment
Both are flexible to follow the contours of the ground
Plywood can absorb water and liquids which accelerates rotting
Metal sheets required cranes to move around thus increase operating cost
Metal sheets are also prone to rusting and not non-conductive