Crash mat is in fact a term borrowed initially from gymnastics and relates to a thick padded mat which can be used to break a fall during practice and perfection of a gymnastics routine. By extension it has come to mean any form of cushioning that is used to prevent damage to anyone exposed to a fall from height whether that exposure is accidental during the course of work or leisure.
The original mats were simply thick and quilted or of a honeycomb rubber construction but over a period of time inevitably the demand to be able to cope with falls from greater heights has led to the development of products with a greater cushioning effect. The name however has stuck and they are now frequently generically known as crashmats whether they are literally just mats or large air-filled cushions such as the AirDeck which can safely cope with fall from over 3 metres in height.
Hiring a crash mat is the obvious solution for a short-term project which requires fall arrest protection and where the equipment is unlikely to be used again and as a result does not justify the expense of the capital outlay.
AirDeck from Sayfa Systems is ideal as it in effect provides a totally portable fall arrest solution. AirDeck is an inflatable system and inflated on site at point of use. Just one pallet carries 50 bags which once inflated will provide fall protection over an area of 80m2.