Sunday, July 11, 2010

Light Poles At Local Ballfield May Be Recalled

Light poles installed at Upperman High School in Baxter eight years ago may be part of a recall being ordered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because of concerns that they may fall over. In fact, stadium light poles across the country are the focus of a national recall after eleven poles snapped falling onto buildings and sport fields, mostly in the state of Texas. So far, there have been no reports of injuries. The commission issued the recall on July 6, for Whitco Company LP stadium light poles manufactured between 2000 and 2005. They say a crack at the base of the steel poles where the pole meets the base plate can cause the pole to fall. They say engineers should inspect light poles affected by the recall for cracks and fractures. The commission also says that poles from that company were delivered to Upper Cumberland and Volunteer Electric Membership Co-ops during that time.