Advantages & Technology
Companies all over the world trust Checkers Safety Group with their safety needs. The primary reason you can trust Checkers is because we have a 25-year track record of providing highly effective safety solutions that save lives and protect assets.
Checkers takes the safety of your people and property very seriously. This means working directly with industry experts and safety managers to design products that fit the specific needs of their working environments. Our product development takes place on work sites where our engineers experience the safety challenges firsthand, which allows them to understand the conditions and circumstances where our products will be required to perform. Through this process we gain the knowledge and insight to ensure every one of our customers’ needs is satisfied.
Why Ground Protection Mats?
Ground conditions play a significant role in field operations and projects that need access to remote sites. Wet, muddy or uneven ground conditions can cause projects to be delayed or even halted. This can lead to significant commercial loss such as unrecoverable management time, loss of reputation and effect on future workloads. Unstable ground conditions are also frequent cause of minor incidents and near misses on sites. Even worse, complete failure of the ground has caused serious injuries and fatalities.
Trackway panels get heavy equipment safely through mud, sand, snow and swampland conditions by creating temporary access roads and working platforms. Access to and from remote sites and a stable work area are a critical safety solution in the oil & gas, drilling, transmission, renewable energy, utilities, civil engineering, infrastructure, and construction industries.
Ground protection mats also prevent environmental damage to agricultural land, heritage sites or sensitive eco systems and cross contamination between sites. Ground protection mats can also be used for stadiums, events, golf courses, landscaping, tree care, cemeteries; wherever saving the costs of remedial ground restoration is a factor. The ground protection mats are then used to create temporary access roads, parking lots, or walkways providing safe pedestrian and access routes for the duration of an event while virtually eliminating severe rutting or damage to ground and landscaping and can ensure that vehicles, machinery and people can move freely on projects without becoming stuck in the mud or damaging sensitive ground, natural grass or turf.
Turf protection panels and mats were specifically developed for applications that demand precautions be used to avoid the burning and/or brown-out effects of heat caused by sun and high heat work environment. Some specific applications will be found in the turf and landscape markets such as golf courses, irrigation, and pool installers as well as for events and in stadiums.
TuffTrak® ground protection mats are the popular choice among professionals. They are easy to use, quick to deploy, lock into place to form a continuous, solid, safe and durable roadway or working platform. They are unequaled for quality and performance even under the most hazardous conditions.
Innovative Mat Design
Designed with safety in mind, TuffTrak® products incorporate several key features that deliver and maximise performance and safety.
Our mats are manufactured from high molecular weight polyethylene and other composite materials making them light yet durable. Unlike wood, TuffTrak® products won’t chip, crack or rot. The composite material is chemically inert to avoid leaching of contaminants, non-conductive, puncture resistant, weather proof, water resistant, resistant to corrosion from acids, alkalies and solvents.
By nature, the physical performance properties of polyethylene are unaffected by extreme temperatures. Our mats have been successfully used in diverse temperature extremes ranging from the very cold of mountain glaciers in Tibet to extended heat situations found in the south and west.
TuffTrak® ground protection matting range have load capacities that can exceed 200 tons making them suitable for the heaviest vehicles. Key challenges with transmission projects include the high risk of theft due to length and remoteness of projects which makes composite materials more suitable than aluminium or metal plates to avoid security costs.
TuffTrak® has a range of solid mats compression moulded from one piece to avoid puncturing, but are flexible enough to adjust to undulating ground.
TuffTrak® XT has a foam-filled core to keep the mat above extremely wet or boggy areas and to prevent the intake liquids, reducing the threat of invasive species or cross contamination between job sites. On the contrary, the TerraRoad has a unique conical underside adapting and moulds to the ground to act as a natural stabiliser.
We understand that effective and safe vehicle traction is a key issue in every temporary access project and is fundamental to the health and safety of on-site personnel. To further increase safety, our unique chevron traction® surface design delivers ultimate grip and helps to dispel mud whilst vehicles traverse over them. The chevron design also reduces sideways movement and slippage delivering optimal forward traction for heavy vehicles and machinery.
The trackway panels are designed with an overlap to provide a seamless connection between the panels eliminating leakage of mud from the ground below. Using the overlap connectors, the adjacent mats can be locked firmly together creating a monolithic working platform delivering superior strength. Further the overlaps creating a semi-barrier to the surface below preventing mud and sludge from oozing up through the seams and contaminating the work surface.
We have a range of connector options available to suit different ground conditions including specialist connectors for undulating ground, and our more robust Four3™ connector providing a secure road way or working platform. The special format of these connection points creates the opportunity for the positional adjustment of mats allowing various configurations. The combination of these features and our industry expertise makes our ground protection solutions the perfect choice for creating safe access on any project.
Our team then uses innovation and advanced manufacturing processes to create effective products that can withstand the harshest weather and working conditions that exist in industrial applications. At this point, we again involve industry experts and safety managers to field-test our products under extreme working conditions. We also submit our products to independent third-party contractors for testing and compliance evaluations. This rigorous testing protocol ensures our products meet or exceed all industry compliance regulations and standards.
Our service professionals are trained to understand the safety issues in many industries. We can quickly help you find the right safety products to protect your people and bring your business into compliance.
HEAVY DUTY MATTING
TuffTrak® has a full range of market leading heavy duty composite ground protection mats delivering a safer working environment for temporary access roadways, trackways, and working platforms. Our heavy duty mats are capable of supporting heavy loads up to 600 psi* and are highly resilient even in the most extreme weather and ground conditions. With our diverse range of heavy duty mats, TuffTrak® is able to provide you with a heavy duty ground protection solution for any application.
ADVANTAGES OF MEDIUM DUTY MATTING
- We work with safety managers and industry experts to develop matting that provides the highest level of reliability
- Medium duty matting supports up to 120 ton* loads
- Rugged 1/2″ thick recycled polyethylene
- Bold cleat design for great traction
- Leaves turf smooth, even in soft conditions
- Replaces plywood, which splinters, warps, and becomes water logged
- Easy to clean mats by simply hosing down
- Mats can be locked together, forming a continuous roadway or workable platform
ADVANTAGES OF OUTRIGGER PADS
- Safety textured for maximum grip
- No risk of delamination
- Safety orange rope handles
- No splinters
- Recovery memory and no warping after bending
ADVANTAGES OF GROUND STABILIZATION
- Fast and simple to install
- Durable yet light weight
- Can be filled with grass or gravel
- Premium 100% recycled high density (HD) polyethylene which is 100% recyclable
- Ideal for ground stabilization in overflow car parks, access roads, integration into Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), road extensions and widening, gateway areas, golf cart routes, pedestrian walkways, private driveways, and more.
ADVANTAGES OF TRENCH COVERS
- Non-slip leading edge and tractioned surface greatly reduces slips, trips and falls even in adverse conditions
- Ideally suited to cover apertures, bores or trenches during construction or repair work
- Tough and durable construction with strengthened ribbed underside
- Substantially lighter than steel covers
- Substantially stronger than wooden plates
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Easy to install, maximum of two man lift and no specialist equipment required