The mats are shipped, stored and transported to and from site on double pallets, numbering 30 to a pallet, and are se-curely strapped at all times. Forklifts are used to move, load and unload palletised mats, both at depot and at site, during delivery and pick up.
Once the mats have arrived at site, each pallet is lifted off the de-livery vehicle by a forklift and moved to various designated drop off points along the proposed temporary access track or pad, starting with the first pallet at the commencement of the track-way. Metal or plastic buckets containing the connectors and other connection items are carried separately to the designated drop off points. The pallet is unstrapped and ground Access Hire person-nel will lift the mats off the pallet and place each mat in the previ-ously specified location, to commence formation of the temporary access way. The mats are either placed as a parallel trackway, solid trackway or laid to form turning, parking or reversing areas i.e. pads.
On deploying mats to complete the formation of the temporary access trackway, a qualified Ground Access Hire operations supervisor, or equivalent manager, will inspect the track and all forms of connection that have been used in provision of that track. It is to be noted that due to the dynamic nature of soil and ground conditions, that periodic inspection of the tempo-rary access track should be carried out by Ground Access Hire personnel, or the client’s personnel, to ensure no problems are occurring. If any problem does occur, all movement of vehicles and plant along the temporary access trackway should cease immediately until Ground Access Hire personnel can inspect the problem. Ground Access Hire personnel will at that point review the access requirements viz a viz ground conditions and carry out any remedial or additional action to solve the problem(s), including upgrading of connection options.