The Importance of Temporary Access and Ground Protection When Using Heavy Equipment

When it comes to construction work, there are various elements that you have to bear in mind, to ensure that the work is carried out without any issues and minimal disruption. One of the biggest disruptions with construction work will be the heavy equipment that is driven in and out of your particular piece of land. This can cause ground to be damaged and destroyed, leaving you with some pretty large trenches to deal with afterwards.

Why you need to protect your land and construction site

There are many ways of protecting your construction site from things such as frost and fire, but what about protecting it from the machinery that trawls in and out? Many people will have considered health and safety protection, but not considered the land and how it will be affected. If, for example, you are planning an extension to the home then you can expect to have some pretty heavy equipment that will need access to your garden or front yard. When these diggers, cranes and other vehicles are driven in and out, you will notice that they begin to create track marks that can quickly become deep, like trenches. Even if the area is paved, some of this equipment is heavy enough to damage stone, rock and even concrete. Once the builders or labourers have finished their work, they will take their equipment with them and leave you with the aftermath!

How to prevent damage to your land

It is important to consider the different ways of protecting your land when construction work is being carried out. There are two main ways that you can do this; ground protection and temporary access. Ground protection consists of sheets, mats or grids that will reinforce the land that is being used. Temporary access will give vehicles and equipment a ‘driveway’ of sorts that is sturdy enough to withstand the weight, without damaging the land underneath. Both of these methods will reduce any cleaning up work that you will need to do afterwards. Ground protection and temporary access can also be used inside of the home, so that the workers traipsing in and out do not damage your flooring or carpets.

How to use ground protection and temporary access

You can speak to the construction company that is dealing with your project first, to find out if they offer any kind of solution to prevent damage to your land or property. Many will add this protection for a premium, or you can source it yourself to lower the costs! There will be several different types of ground protection and temporary access, so it is important to look through and become acquainted with their pros and cons. Those who want extra safety should look for flame retardant materials, or protection that comes in a high visibility colour. Mats, sheets and grids should be heavy duty, durable and waterproof (if you are planning on construction work in the wetter months).

Keeping your land protected can save you a lot of time, money and effort on any construction project. Speak to your construction company to find out what they supply and what type of equipment they’ll be using. It may be cheaper to source your own protection, in which case make sure it is strong and flexible.

Alan Moss has worked in the construction trade for decades and has learned the hard way that it is always better safe than sorry, therefore recommends using the professionals when starting construction.

Submitted by Emma Carney.