The BBC needed to replace several sets of steps at their news studios following a safety check identified them as potentially dangerous. Studio staff needed to access fixed angle cameras and lighting gantries on a regular basis.
Film and TV productions typically use constant lighting in the studio. Some types of bulbs cannot be electrically dimmed because of their design, and incandescent bulbs will progressively change in colour temperature, becoming more orange, as they are dimmed.
This means that several filters are used along with regular cleaning and bulb changes to ensure the presenters are kept in the best light. The team decided to order our Summit range of All Glass Fibre steps as a solution.
The steps robust construction meant they remained stable in use but light enough to be portable to be deployed quickly in and around the studio set. Because Glass Fibre is non-conductive, they ensure the engineers remain fully insulated and safe whilst working in an electrically live environment. Also unlike aluminium, the glass fibre construction has low radio transparent properties so is less likely to interfere with the sensitive apparatus used in the studio environment.