Government Recalls Stadium Light Poles

The government recalls thousands of stadium light poles that have a habit of toppling over at North Texas athletic fields.  Sonya Hayes-Pleasant at the Consumer Product Safety Commision says the poles were made by the now defunct Fort Worth based Whitco Company LP.  They are at least 70 feet tall and weigh between one and four tons.  Hayes-Pleasant says CPSC is concerned because they can develop fractures at the base, crack and fall over.  Eleven of them have.  Several were at athletic fields in North Texas, including in Southlake, Midlothian, and Sanger.  Sanger Deputy Superintendant Eric Beam says they discovered a design flaw in each of the two poles that toppled there.  He says they were weak at the base, and constant vibration — even in relatively light winds — caused them to weaken over time and crack.  Beam says Sanger’s new poles have little flags on them that reduce that vibration, and they are inspected regularly.3

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Click here to see pictures of the collapsed lights.