Fixed Workstation Tables in Passenger Rail Cars


This Rail Standard defines crashworthiness requirements for fixed workstation tables installed in passenger rail coach cars that are part of the general railroad system of transportation.

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APTA PR-CS-S-018-13 Rev. 1 10/30/15 Published Current


crashworthiness, fixed workstation tables, passenger rail, safety


In passenger rail coach seating configurations with fixed workstation tables, there is a risk of serious thoracic and abdominal injury when passengers impact a table during a rail accident. Tables designed to absorb energy and limit contact forces can significantly reduce the risk of injury. Additionally, tables positioned between facing rows of seats can serve to compartmentalize occupants during a collision, which can limit secondary impact velocity and prevent tertiary impacts with other objects or passengers.

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