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Safety Warning: Whitco Co. LP Stadium Light Poles


On 2009-08-24, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a safety warning regarding Whitco Co. LP Stadium Light Poles due to a potential impact injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2000.

About 3,000 units are involved in this Whitco LP light poles recall. Instance(s) of major property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Industrial Lighting category in 2009. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 400,000 product units.

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Whitco Co. LP Stadium Light Poles
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Image of Recalled Stadium light pole fallen through gymnasium roof 383471
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What is the problem?

Outdoor steel stadium light poles manufactured by Whitco Co. LP, of Fort Worth, Texas can fracture or crack and fall over, posing a risk of serious injury and death to patrons and bystanders from being hit or crushed.

Instance(s) of major property damage have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The poles can be found at facilities such as recreational parks and fields, schools, and outdoor stadiums. The poles are constructed of steel with a galvanized coating, and can range from about 70 to 135 feet tall, and weigh from about 1 to 4 tons.

These items were sold new+ at Whitco Co. LP, formerly located at 7700 Wyatt Drive in Fort Worth, is no longer in business.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

CPSC recommends that Whitco Co. LP outdoor steel stadium light poles be inspected by a qualified professional immediately to reduce the risk of poles falling over and crushing a patron or bystander. CPSC also recommends that the areas of, and next to, all welds joining a pole to its base plate be inspected for signs of cracking, fractures, or deterioration. Visual examination with the naked eye or with a magnifier will not sufficiently determine the extent of fracturing or cracking. If any of these conditions are found, immediately have the affected poles repaired or replaced by a qualified professional.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

CPSC has confirmed nine incidents in which Whitco Co. LP poles installed from about 2000 through 2006 fell. In one incident, a pole fell through the roof of a school gymnasium causing significant damage. In two incidents, a pole fell onto outdoor bleachers causing significant damage. The majority of incidents occurred in Texas, though the Whitco Co. LP poles have been installed in other states. To date, CPSC is not aware of any injuries. CPSC has also confirmed that nearly 50 Whitco Co. LP poles that have not fallen had developed fractures and/or cracks next to the weld that joins the pole to its base plate. The fallen and cracked poles were located near or around school football stadiums and gymnasiums.

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