The radio and TV broadcasting world has witnessed significant advancements over the years. These ensure that the audience receives high-quality content seamlessly. However, behind the scenes, ensuring the safety of broadcast infrastructure is equally crucial. One of the most effective solutions to enhance radio and TV broadcasting safety is using frangible masts.

TV and radio broadcasting towerWhat are frangible masts?

Frangible masts are often referred to as “breakaway masts” or “safety masts”. They are engineered structures designed to yield or break upon impact. One of their main benefits is that they minimise damage to the surrounding area. They also, more importantly, prevent injury to people.

How do they enhance safety in radio and TV broadcasting?

One of the most critical safety concerns in the world of broadcasting is the risk of aircraft collisions. Tall broadcasting towers and antennas can pose a significant hazard to low-flying aircraft, such as helicopters and small planes. Frangible masts are constructed in such a way that, upon impact, they yield or break away. This reduces the severity of the collision and minimises the potential for property damage, or injury or loss of life.

Frangible masts are also designed to withstand severe weather conditions. By allowing these masts to break or bend in response to extreme weather, the risk of collapse is significantly reduced. This safeguards both the broadcasting infrastructure and personnel working close by.

How do they comply with safety regulations?

In many regions, regulatory bodies now require broadcasters to incorporate frangible mast technology in their installations. Adhering to these regulations not only ensures safety but also prevents legal complications. These could be costly and damaging to a broadcasting company’s reputation. So, not only is the use of frangible masts beneficial, it is in many areas compulsory.

Is the cost justified?

The initial investment in frangible masts is slightly higher than traditional mast structures. However, the long-term financial benefits are substantial. Reduced damage to infrastructure and minimised injury risks both translate into significant monetary savings. This ensures uninterrupted service to the TV and radio audience, creating an increased trust and reliability in the company. In this ever-evolving global market, frangible masts show a huge commitment to responsible broadcasting. They are, without a doubt, worth the investment.

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Why choose Pollite?

Pollite are one of the largest manufacturers of fibreglass (fiberglass) masts in Europe with an international presence that spans across Europe, Asia, USA, the Middle East, and Australasia. We work with our clients across every aspect of the design and manufacturing process to create bespoke engineered solutions and deliver masts that are, globally, the best in class. Contact us now to discuss your project requirements.

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