Sheffield festival falls foul of no ground protection mats

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A park festival in Sheffield left residents outraged after a lack of ground protection mats led to the grass being churned into a deeply rutted wet and muddy quagmire.   The event was called BassFest and was held on the Ponderosa, a designated ‘open space’ in Sheffield, although not officially a public park.   Organisers Fire in the Park […]

Creative uses for bog mats

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Bog mats are extremely versatile for use on all kinds of construction sites, festival fields, crane lifting platforms and so on, but the possibilities don’t end there. Timber mats can find a lease of life in some very unusual places – here are just a few examples… 1. A base for buildings Bog mats provide […]

Laying temporary building foundations using bog mats

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Bog mats are often used to create a solid working surface on remote construction sites or where the ground is particularly prone to becoming muddy or churned up by rugged tyres and heavy footfall. But they can actually also serve as temporary building foundations, especially for buildings that will be removed when work on the […]

The Bangkok crane fall that highlights importance of crane mats

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An incident that left ten schoolgirls injured in Bangkok provides a stark reminder of the importance of crane mats and outrigger pads to create a stable lifting platform for cranes and other lifting vehicles. In mid-June, a tower crane used in the construction of a 20-storey hotel in the Thai capital fell on to an […]

Can bog mats be used as bridges?

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Many work sites involve challenging terrain, and where you have a ditch, gulley or river, temporary bridges and permanent bridges can be required – so can bog mats be used for this? It really depends on how heavy the traffic over the bridge deck will be, the ground it is being constructed on, and the […]

When and where to use bog mats

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“Do I need bog mats?” is one of our most frequently asked questions from customers, and the answer is that if you think you might need bog mats, then you probably do. The good thing about timber mats is that they’re easy to position, easy to move to a new position, and versatile for use […]

How piling mats help preserve heritage

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Piling mats can help to allow work to continue on heritage buildings, both protecting the existing building while work is completed, while also enabling essential piling and underpinning to support any new additions to the building fabric. A great example of this kind of approach is the London Screen Academy, a post-16 free school currently […]

How to free heavy machinery stuck in mud

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If you need to free heavy machinery stuck in mud, you’re likely to need two things: more heavy machinery, and a way to reach the equipment that is already bogged down. Where to start with mud-trapped machinery Assuming the machinery already stuck is not able to escape the mud even with a dry clean roadway, […]

How to maintain timber mats to keep them in good condition

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Good quality timber mats will give you years and even decades of service life, with only some simple maintenance needed to keep them safe from avoidable damage. Here’s our five-point guide to how to maintain timber mats to keep them in good condition for many years to come.   1. Know your type of timber […]

Durability classes of timber mats – how do tropical hardwoods compare?

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The durability of tropical hardwood timber mats is one of the main selling points, with decades of use under normal conditions – but what are the durability classes of timber mats like Ekki and Dabema? First of all, the obvious disclaimer – wood is a natural product and when used under different conditions, especially challenging […]

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