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A Solid Foundation: The Importance of Ground Protection on Construction Sites and Civil Engineering Works

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Any experienced project manager or foreman knows that ground protection is key. Construction mats, trackway and temporary flooring solutions protect the environment, people, property and your company’s bottom line.

When it comes to construction sites and industrial operations involving heavy machinery and equipment, there is often concern for potential damage to the ground. This is especially true for sensitive and challenging terrain. Adverse weather conditions also increase the risk of hazards so safety is paramount for workers and their equipment.

To tackle this issue, ground protection mats and temporary access panels have emerged as robust and portable, highly effective solutions. They offer stability, and at the same time, maintain the integrity of the ground beneath machinery and heavy vehicles.

Workforce safety

Safety is top priority on construction sites where the risk of accidents can be high. Earth movers, moisture and increased traffic from workers and vehicles can make your site even more hazardous. Ensuring safe, stable walkways for contractors, equipment and visitors is essential.

Anti-slip walkways provide secure walking surfaces, even in wet or slippery conditions. They offer a high-traction surface that ensures workers can move around and operate efficiently, reducing the likelihood of workplace injuries. For increased safety requirements, heavy-duty non-slip walkways offer enhanced resistance to slipping and are suitable for areas exposed to moisture or suffering frequent spills.

Temporary flooring is an indispensable part of construction site equipment. Temporary flooring offers a portable, easy-to-install solution for creating stable walkways and access routes, which can be quickly adjusted as project needs change. Plus, as construction projects continue to grow in size and complexity, and larger, more expensive machinery and tools are used, protecting the ground will become an increasingly important safety measure.

Heavy vehicles and machines support

Any business that uses vehicles or equipment knows the importance of keeping them in good condition. Not only does this help to ensure that they function properly, but it also helps to prevent costly repairs down the line. Construction sites can be unpredictable places filled with obstacles and hazards that can cause damage. Heavy plant machinery, loose debris, and deep excavations can all pose a serious threat to vehicles and equipment.

By covering uneven and unstable areas with appropriate ground protection, construction workers can help to create a safer surface for vehicles and prevent expensive damage.

The weight of machinery and vehicles is very important to consider when choosing the right type of ground protection. If you are working with very heavy machinery, you will need to choose a mat that can support the weight. There are a variety of different materials available, each material has its own weight capacity. Choose a mat that is made from high-quality material and that has a weight capacity that exceeds the weight of your machinery.

Benefits of Using Ground Protection Mats

  • Reduce the risk of accidents by providing a stable surface for machinery and vehicles.
  • Help protect the ground from damage, erosion, and compaction.
  • Use on any type of terrain, including soft soils, sand, and gravel.
  • Easy to install and remove, and can be reused many times.
  • Available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses to suit specific needs.

By using ground mats, construction companies can avoid disturbing delicate ecosystems and help to reduce the impact of their work on the surrounding area.

Are you planning a construction project?

The Box Group can help you plan and preserve the integrity of your site by providing a wide range of trackway, walkway and temporary flooring solutions. We understand operating in the Construction industry, and appreciate that time and efficiency is critical. That’s why our ground protection solutions are designed to be simple, fast and easy to use. 

Our trackway panels and ground mats are produced from sustainable, recycled, and recyclable materials that provide short or long-term ground protection. We supply renowned brands such as TuffTrack, AmP trackway, Rola-Trac, Supa-Trac, Duragrid, EuroMat, and our very own Stadia X range. All can be used to create paths and foundations around your site that can be moved quickly into different positions as a project evolves.

If you need a quote, or would like some expert advice on hiring or buying trackway and temporary infrastructure for your construction projects, give our team of experts a call on 0203 286 7463, send us an email to or visit our website and use our chat facility. We’re here, ready for action. When there’s no room for error, our clients trust us to deliver.

We’re here to help

At The Box Group we know the integrity of your temporary operating environment is critical to success. Get it right, and the rest of the project can align and succeed.

Our solutions are much more than the provision of the right kit; they combine our years of experience with inventive thinking and a can do, positive mindset – to meet logistical challenges, enable operations, mitigate risk and complete missions. When there’s no room for error, our clients trust us to deliver.

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