Emergency Arrest Device (EAD)

The zipSTOP Zip Line Brake is a component of a well-designed zip line braking system, and Head Rush Technologies requires the use of an emergency arrest device (EAD) in all zip line installations utilizing zipSTOP devices. This requirement is based on standards from both the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) that apply to zip lines and the braking systems.

An emergency arrest device (EAD) is just what it sounds like – an apparatus that stops a rider in order to prevent injury or death if the primary brake does not perform as designed. This white paper outlines what an EAD is, when EADs are required, examples of EADs, and more. Proper zip line brake installations are important for rider safety as well as maintaining the health of the zip line industry.