The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges school officials, facility managers and municipal safety officials to be aware of a recall announced yesterday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
More than 2,500 Whitco Company LP stadium light poles (70 feet tall or higher) have been recalled because the poles can fracture or crack and fall over, posing a risk of serious injury or death to patrons and bystanders. The poles range in size from one to four tons, increasing the risk of death if the pole falls toward a crowded stadium or onto a building.
To date, CPSC has confirmed 11 incidents in which Whitco Company LP poles fell. CSPC has also identified more than 50 recalled poles that have not fallen, but inspections revealed fractures and cracks next to the weld that joins the pole to its base. The fallen and cracked poles have been located near or around school football stadiums and gymnasiums.
No incidents have been reported in Iowa; however, there are hundreds of facilities across the nation that may have these light poles, including several in Iowa. IDPH is assisting CPSC in contacting schools, facilities and cities that may be affected by the recall.