General land protection is an important factor during construction works. How any impact on the underlying soil, surrounding landscape and nearby flora and fauna can be reduced should always be considered prior to beginning a project.
Bog mats can also be used for general land protection outside of construction projects, allowing for access to delicate environments for research or conservation projects without adversely affecting sensitive ecosystems or soil conditions.
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Why general land protection is important
Construction works that involve heavy plant machinery and vehicles can have a significant impact on ground conditions, affecting not only the ground on which the works are taking place, but also surrounding agricultural land, landscapes, heritage sites and even nearby underground utility services.
If the ground is not adequately protected ground churn and rutting can lead to environmental damage, including disruption of sensitive ecosystems as well as cross-contamination across sites.
Soil is a basic natural resource that provides food and raw materials to support wildlife as well as regulating water flow. If proper consideration is not given to adequate ground protection it can lead to issues with soil infertility and compaction in the surrounding environment as well as increase the risk of an area becoming likely to flood.
Ensuring that a project has adequate land protection measures in place will avoid these sorts of problems. In addition to general land protection, it can also reduce business costs associated with compensation claims or environmental reinstatement, not to mention improve the image of a business and the construction industry in general.
How ground protection mats can help
Protecting the ground with bog mats or crane mats can make a significant difference to the damage construction works might inflict on the surrounding land.
Used to create temporary access roads for construction vehicles, bog mats will guard against the ground churn that can so easily result when transporting materials, workers and machinery to and from the construction site. This is particularly important during wet weather conditions or if the surrounding area is muddy or slippery.
Bog mats will create a safe surface for construction traffic to travel upon as well as create a barrier between this traffic and the underlying ground (including any underground utility pipes and services). This is of double benefit, keeping workers, vehicles and machinery safe as well as protecting the surrounding landscape, not to mention improving efficiency and preventing delays due to inclement weather or muddy conditions, which can have a substantial financial impact.
Using bog or crane mats on the construction site itself is of similar benefit. Crane mats will create a safe and solid base for cranes, pile drivers and other heavy machinery and vehicles, however uneven or muddy it is. They can also once again protect the underlying ground from construction traffic by creating walkways, roadways and parking areas on site, allowing workers and vehicles to move about freely without risk of getting stuck or damaging sensitive ground.
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