One of the most overlooked aspects of a comprehensive facility maintenance program is the proper inspection of stadium and athletic field light poles. These key components of your facility are subject to the elements, internal and external corrosion, weld failures and other items that if left undetected can cause a catastrophic failure. The end result? A light pole and lights on the ground, extensive property damage and potential injuries.

Utilizing the latest in visual inspection, non-destructive examination (NDE) and engineering and load analysis, ReliaPOLE Inspection Services Company will work diligently to detect any potential problems before a catastrophic failure occurs. RISC will provide you with thorough, concise reporting of our assessment of the structural integrity of your lighting poles and systems so that you can be confident in the condition of these costly assets.

RISC’s fully trained and certified inspection teams use a combination of visual inspection and Ultrasonic and Magnetic Particle testing in order to provide the most comprehensive field inspection results. Ultrasonic scanning is used to measure wall thicknesses of the pole shaft for determination of metal loss and both Ultrasonic (UT) and Magnetic Particle (MT) testing are utilized for non-destructive evaluation of welds and locating weld defects.  They can also be used to locate cracks in steel due to fatigue related issues.

In conjunction with our comprehensive engineering and load review, RISC combines these elements into a proprietary three stage inspection protocol that sets the standard in diligence, detail and thoroughness  - with a RISC inspection, there is no guesswork. Issues are identified and a path to structural integrity is charted and executed.

A comprehensive inspection from RISC inspection can detect the following potentially hazardous conditions in your light poles:

  • Metal fatigue due to cyclic loading (such as wind induced vibration and damage).
  • Improper sizing and weight/load of light fixtures attached to the pole.
  • Weld failures on the base plate, pole seams and access openings.
  • Defects in the pole foundation, concrete, anchor bolts and supporting structures.
  • Internal and external corrosion.
  • Improper field modifications.
  • Improper drainage of any moisture buildup on the interior of the pole.
  • Loose anchor bolt nuts.
  • Visual observation of pole vibration.

Once an inspection is complete, RISC’s team of licensed professional engineers will analyze the results and present you with a detailed assessment report recommendations for general maintenance, corrosion prevention and structural reinforcement (if needed).

Dependent upon the results, RISC can also be contracted to provide further periodic inspections on a mutually agreed upon time frame. This can be of particular benefit for those poles whose condition does not require any immediate action, but bears watching on a consistent basis to make sure that issues revealed during the inspection do not worsen.

RISC’s inspection teams are fully certified and insured and perform work for our valued clients across North America with no disruption of services to daily activities or scheduled sporting events. Additionally, several of our customers have enjoyed discounts on their general liability policies by submitting RISC’s final inspection reports to their insurance carrier to demonstrate their proactive approach to safety and that their athletic field light poles are in prime operating condition per their RISC inspection report.

At RISC, pole failure is not an option.