At any given time, more than 300,000,000 pupils worldwide are facing impending
danger since their schools are not built to withstand an earthquake. Of special
concern are areas along geological rift lines and children in developing countries,
where construction quality can be poor.
While it is common to instruct pupils to crawl under tables in case of an earthquake,
existing non earthquake designated classroom tables often turn into lethal traps
for those taking refuge.
The “Quake Proof Table” is designed for a range of building types and collapse
scenarios. It provides a comprehensive solution by creating both covering protection
and passageways for rescue team accessibility.
To date, the patent pending design has successfully withstood a series of rigorous
vertical impact tests and is currently awaiting official approval of the world leading
Structural Engineering department of Padua University, Italy.
In addition to various weight and ceiling collapse patterns, the Quake Proof
Table addresses the financial limitations of the schools that need it through
economical, yet responsible production methods and inexpensive materials.