Stadium light poles in five Iowa communities are part of a nationwide recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The agency says more than 2,500 Whitco Company LP stadium light poles need to be inspected because the poles can crack and fall over.
Debi Cooper of the Iowa Department of Health says the poles are between 70 and 135 tall and weigh from 1 to 4 tons. Cooper says there have been nearly a dozen incidents in which polls made by the company have collapsed or crashed. She says most of the problems have been in Texas and those got investigations going and there were an additional 50 poles found with cracks in them.
Cooper says all of the sites in Iowa have been notified. The CPSC website lists locations in West Des Moines, Nevada, Knoxville, Treynor and Sioux City as having stadium poles made by the company. Cooper says the company has gone out of business, so they CPsC wants the poles to be inspected by and engineer.
Cooper says all the information regarding the recall is located on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website at: www.cpsc.gov.