Currently the hard edges of a pole vault box lie flush with the surface of the approach runway. Pole vault boxes are typically made of cast Iron, plate steel, or other rigid materials set in concrete. The rigid construction of the pole vault box poses a danger to any pole vaulter who mistakenly lands in it or on its prototypical anvil like steel with concrete edges. Many severe and or catastrophic accidents have happened in the plant box. The perimeter area around the plant box and its edges should be cushioned along with this side walls and downward sloping pole side. Only the lower end plate and the rotational ledge upon which the pole tip must rotate should remain un-cushioned. Additionally the current prototypical plant box greatly damages vaulting poles as they bend and grind on the inside of the bend cavity. This can be fixed by changing the the side wall and end plate angles slightly. Last of all the installation and structural characteristics of current plant boxes have a high likely-hood of front lip elevation which is a cause of many accidents and injuries.
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.