CEO of Momentum Engineering, LLC
M. Troy Richardson
Leading Expert Witness in Zipline Accidents with 25+ Years of Experience, BS in Engineering, Minor in Physics, Three Zipline Patents, Machinist, Certified Welder and Owner/Builder of Ziplines
In 1989, I began working on Roller-coaster track systems, building them from blueprints, assembling the parallel pipe rails, and welding the completed sections. Just over five years later started AA Machining and Welding, Inc. After many years in this field, in 2000, Park City Mountain Resort asked my company to develop a passive braking zipline trolley. I began working with zip lines and found my niche. Therefore, I built the zip line towers. passive braking trolleys, developed new trolleys, developed the Emergency Arrest Device (EAD) spring pack, and shortly after found myself inventing better, safer, compact braking systems. The spring pack EAD system is the most reliable emergency brake in the zip line industry.
In 2009, I teamed up with city planners, professional engineers to design, build, provide employee training and operate my commercial zip line. That year I was contacted after zipline death at Heavenly Resort in Reno, NV. After 10 years my abilities as an expert witness and zipline product developer has improved the industry. I am actively help change the industry. I contribute multiple associations including; American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM Committee F24 Amusement Rides and Devices) and (ASTM Committee F15 Consumer Products).
I am an ASTM F24.61 AAC Task Group member F2959 Aerial Adventure Courses
I have been nominated to the board Association for Challenge Course Technology (ANSI/ACCT) and was a board member with the American National Standards Institute/Professional Ropes Course Association (ANSI/PRCA).
My motto is: "Safety is NO Accident"
- 25 years designing ziplines and aerial adventure courses
- Owned and operated his own zipline
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Design Engineering with a minor in Physics, and a two-year degree in Machine Tooling.
- The holder of Three US patents, with a fourth pending
- Articles on ziplines published in the Utah Trial Journal and hg.org.
Safety is No Accident
Ziplines are not toys. They are complex, high-velocity pieces of equipment that require maintenance, care, and knowledge. Sadly, too many people ignore the safety protocols developed by engineers—if they bother learning them at all. When injuries occur on a zipline or aerial adventure course, you’ll often find that human error was, at some point, responsible. As a world-class designer and your expert witness, my goal is to impart one thing: there are no accidents in safety.