Michael Troy Richardson has extensive experience in the investigation, analysis, and origin of safety elements of amusement rides and ziplines. He has two decades in the building and designing amusement rides and zipline devices. In 1989, Mr. Richardson began working in the amusement ride industry, building rollercoaster track systems. Just over five years later, he founded AA Machining & Welding, Inc. After many years in this field, in 2000, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), a ski resort in Utah, asked his company to design a passive braking zipline trolley and built large zip line towers for the 2002 Olympics. Mr. Richardson is a voting member on two committees with the American Society for Testing and Materials, Committee F24 Amusement Rides and Devices and Committee F15 Consumer Products, for example, juvenile products, toys, playground equipment, and pool safety. Mr. Richardson has three U.S. Patents for zipline braking systems with one pending.
- Accident Investigation
- Amusement Parks
- Latches & Fasteners
- Mechanical Engineering
- Products Liability
- Safety Engineering
- Safety Equipment
- Structural Engineering
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Physics, Brigham Young University, 2015 and ongoing
Pertinent courses: Newtonian and Statistical Mechanics; Work, Energy, and Momentum
Physics I & II, Descriptive Astronomy
Bachelor's Engineering Technology, Southern Utah University, 2014
Pertinent courses: Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; AutoCAD; Civil Design;
Mechanics Statics & Dynamics; Calculus; Trigonometry; Engineering Design; CATIA; Solidworks; Physics and Architectural Design
Design Engineering and Graphics, Utah Valley University, 2010-2012
Pertinent courses: Calculus-Based Physics; 3D Architectural Modeling; Descriptive
Geometry; Advanced Mechanical CAD Civil Design; Strength of Materials; Physics I & II
Machine Tooling, Utah Valley State College, Two-Year Vocation Degree, 1994
Pertinent courses: Machining I & II; Advanced Welding; Machine Tool & Die; CNC; Trigonometry
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: • A voting and committee member with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM Committee F24 Amusement Rides and Devices) - An ASTM F24.61 AAC Task Group member F2959 Aerial Adventure Courses: ziplines, rope courses, aerial trekking, canopy tours, climbing walls
• A voting and committee member ASTM Committee F15 Consumer Products, for example, juvenile products, toys, playground equipment, and pool safety
• A member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ANSI/ACCT)
• A member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
• A board member of the American National Standards Institute/Professional Ropes Course Association (ANSI/PRCA)
• A member of the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO)
• Certified welder with American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
These affiliations have allowed me to acquire additional knowledge with over 300 standards and procedures, e.g. ANSI, ASME, ACCT, PRCA, ASME, and ASTM.
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Certified Qualified Trainer with the Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA)
Volunteer at Clergy at the Washington County Purgatory, Washington, Utah
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: None
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Over 25
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Zipline Accidents, Trampoline Accidents, Product Liability (Zipline Kits), Ropes Course Accidents, Go-Cart Accidents, Amusement Ride Accidents, Zipline Braking Failures, Trampoline Park Accidents, Zipline Kit Accidents, and Climbing Accidents.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: About 80%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: About 20%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 4+
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: June 19, 2019
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: 1+
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 1+
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 5+
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Consulting, Testing, Patent Litigation, Reports, Site Inspections, Engineering Services, Data Collection, Accident Reconstruction, Accident Investigation, Product Liability Testing, and Welding Inspection
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $300/hr.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $300/hr.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $400/hr.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $500/hr.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel expenses
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