CPSC: Whitco Light Poles May Cause Injury

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government's safety agency is telling school officials and facility managers to inspect outdoor stadium light poles made by Whitco Co. LP because the poles can crack and fall, putting bystanders at risk.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Monday said it knew of nine incidents in which poles installed from about 2000 through 2006 fell, including one pole that went through the roof of a school gymnasium. On two occasions, a pole fell onto outdoor bleachers.

CPSC said it is not aware of any injuries. It is investigating the poles.

The commission said most incidents occurred in Texas, but the poles have been installed in other states.

The agency says the Fort Worth, Texas, company is no longer in business.

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