Recall to Repair Stadium Light Poles PDF Print E-mail

7/16/10

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall on light poles manufactured by Whitco Company LP of Fort Worth (now out of business).  The CPSC's description of the hazard posed by the light poles stated, "The poles can fracture or crack and fall over, posing a risk of serious injury or death to patrons and bystanders from being hit or crushed. The poles range from 1 to 4 tons increasing the risk of death if the pole falls toward a crowded stadium or onto a building."   As of June 2010, the CPSC had confirmed eleven incidents in which the Whitco Co. LP poles fell.  The light poles were sold by lighting contractors nationwide from 2000 through 2005. 

To remedy the situation, the CPSC announcement stated, "To reduce the risk of injury, Whitco Co. LP light poles should be inspected by an engineer or a Level II non-destructive testing technician immediately to identify cracking at or near the weld connecting the pole to the base plate flange. A visual examination with the naked eye or with a magnifier will not determine the extent of any cracking. Non-destructive techniques such as magnetic particle inspection, dye penetrant, or ultrasonic inspection techniques are recommended. If any cracking or fracturing is found, immediately have the affected poles repaired or replaced by a qualified professional. A design analysis to assess the stresses placed on the pole is also recommended. CPSC recommends that all outdoor steel stadium light poles be routinely inspected by a professional. As the manufacturer has become bankrupt, individual owners of the poles must arrange for inspection."

To access the CPSC announcement, click on the link below.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10295.html