Street light poles with passive safety characteristics are elements of road safety infrastructure, reducing the negative effects of road incidents (accidents, collisions). The severity of road accidents for drivers and passengers of motor vehicles in the event of a collision with lighting poles depends, among others, on the safety characteristics of the poles. The functional category of street light poles is a combination of the speed class, energy absorption category, passenger safety class, type of aggregate used in the foundation, loss of stability mechanism, direction class and the risk of roof crushing.
In 2019, PN-EN 12767:2007 standard “Passive safety of support structures for road equipment” was revised. The revision, PN-EN 12767:2019, is significantly different than the 2007 version in terms of the classification of street light poles due to the potential hazard to road users.
In practice, checking products for compliance with PN-EN 12767:2019 standard and assigning the structure to the appropriate category consists in carrying out crash tests, the results of which must prove a specific level of energy absorption and compliance with the parameters determining the level of safety for people in the vehicle in the event of a collision.
Elektromontaż Rzeszów SA offers street light posts with passive safety characteristics that meet the requirements of the HE, LE and NE categories.
- The above-mentioned poles can be used in road infrastructure in urbanized areas, where energy absorption is required at high or intermediate level (HE, LE category) that guarantees deceleration or stopping of the vehicle that will protect passengers against the consequences of the impact.
- NE category poles that do not absorb energy can be used in areas where, after a collision, there is no risk of a secondary collision, i.e. on expressways, motorways, where there is a free zone for stopping the vehicle and throwing the cut down pole.
STREET LIGHT POLES WITH PASSIVE SAFETY CHARACTERISTICS – Catalogue Chapter 7, Edition 2021