National Grid

Ground Protection Solution for Soft Gravel: A Case Study


Discover how GroundGuards’ MaxiTrack mats provided an efficient and safe ground protection solution over soft gravel at a National Grid site in Waltham Abbey, Enfield. These heavy-duty mats, renowned for their portability and ease of installation, proved to be the perfect solution for a challenging environment.

Key Points:

GroundGuards’ MaxiTrack mats were used to create a firm base over soft gravel.
The mats were easily installed by hand, eliminating the need for mechanical lifting equipment.
The client was highly satisfied with the MaxiTrack system, considering it for future projects.

Detailed Overview:

The Challenge:

A sub-station maintenance company required access for MEWPs and telehandlers across soft gravel at a National Grid site. The task was complicated by extremely low hanging transmission lines, making the use of mechanical lifting equipment a significant health and safety concern. The company needed a ground protection system that could be installed manually.

The Solution:

GroundGuards swiftly responded to the challenge. Our recommendation was the MaxiTrack Ground Protection Mat, a heavy-duty mat with overlapping joints designed to comfortably bear the weight of large vehicles while providing a firm base for operations. Crucially, each MaxiTrack mat weighs only 40kg, allowing two workers to easily lift, manoeuvre, and install the mats by hand.

The Outcome:

The 6-week hire project ran smoothly, with the MaxiTrack system meeting all the client’s needs. The client was so impressed with the MaxiTrack system that they are considering it for their next site project in Coventry.


This case study demonstrates the versatility and efficiency of GroundGuards’ MaxiTrack mats. Their portability and ease of manual installation make them an ideal solution for ground protection over soft gravel. For more information on our ground protection solutions, visit our website or call our team on 0113 267 6000.

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