The Importance of Regular Light Pole Inspections

The Importance of Regular Light Pole Inspections

In many areas of the country, light poles are subjected to rain, snow, sleet, and ice build-up. As a result, the poles can rust and corrode over time. If damage is left unchecked, light poles can eventually fail and fall onto the road, parking lot, or sidewalk below, endangering people and their vehicles.

To lessen or even prevent that risk, it’s important to conduct quarterly or, at a minimum, annual inspections of your light poles. Regularly checking their condition will help you keep your community safer. It can also extend the service life of the poles and allow you to maintain their aesthetic appeal.

The steps of a proper safety inspection.

1. Study the pole shaft for rust, corrosion, dents, and other evidence that suggests the structural integrity has been compromised.
2. Check the brackets, arms, luminaires, and welds for signs of metal fatigue.
3. Look at the hand hole, base, and nut covers to make certain they’re securely attached.
4. Make sure all anchor bolt nuts are in place and tightened.
5. Inspect the entire unit for signs of vibration, like:
   – Noise or humming in the pole
   – Visual movement of the luminaire or pole
   – Loosened or missing attachments or anchor bolt nuts
   – Rust at the weld at the pole’s base.

When you take the time to properly inspect your light poles, you’ll reduce the likelihood of a serious injury, and you’ll save money by extending their lifespan.

Have questions? Ask Joe or check out our pole info center.

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United Lighting Standards has been committed to designing, fabricating, finishing, and packaging high-quality steel and aluminum poles since 1971. We adhere to standards set forth by AASHTO, ASTM International, and NEMA. All of our products are built using fabricating and welding procedures outlined in the American Welding Society (AWS) manual for steel and aluminum to eliminate welding defects and ensure structural integrity.

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