Slips and trips are among the most common causes of injuries in the workplace, with results ranging from temporary blips in productivity through to hospital visits and missed work for your employees. In industrial spaces in particular, when multiple people, dollies, and forklift trucks are transitioning between the outside and inside parts of your site, these accidents can be very prevalent – rainwater, mud, dirt, and debris can easily make their way into your facility and then cause issues. Here is our guide to forklift truck matting to help you mitigate these problems.
What is forklift truck matting?
Forklift truck matting is a particularly full mat built to withstand constant forklift truck traffic without taking any damage or becoming crushed. The mat itself will absorb moisture from wheels passing over it while simultaneously cleaning the wheels of any mud, dirt, or debris. This will then permeate to the lower level of the mat, so it does not simply attach itself to the next wheel that passes over it.
Why use forklift truck matting?
Along with the health and safety aspects of using this type of matting, you will see benefits in cleanliness. Your floor will be protected against damage and dirt, and your forklift trucks will be significantly less likely to skid or become out of control. Because the matting is purpose-built for use with forklift truck equipment, you can expect high levels of durability and resistance to the common types of oils and chemicals that you might find in the industrial space. It should also be extremely easy to clean maintain.
How is forklift truck matting installed?
Most high-quality forklift truck matting will be installed using double-sided adhesive tape. This makes installation very simple and fast, with almost no downtime or interruption to your operations. Make sure that the flooring surface is clean and dry, stick one side of the adhesive tape to the underside of your new matting (all around the perimeter and across the center as well), and then place the matting into position. Press down firmly on the edges and center of the mat (where the tape is placed), and the matting should adhere strongly to the floor. You can also lay your matting loosely, which is great for lifting it and cleaning underneath but can make the mat prone to shifting around.
The best location for your forklift matting is at the loading bay/entrance that forklifts use. Try to lay the matting over a large space so that the wheels have more opportunity to be cleaned. The matting should be quite low profile so it will not present a significant trip hazard for pedestrians, although care should still be taken.
This ease of installation is one of the best features of forklift truck matting – you don’t need to pause operations or divert traffic. At the same time, you build and install a fully recessed matting system, and you can lift and remove the matting to replace or clean it with relative ease.