Improving Dungeness Crab Vessel Equipment

Be a part of an important research study!

We would like to invite you to participate in a laboratory-based study conducted by Oregon State University. The project is titled "Improving Dungeness Crab Vessel Equipment" led by Drs. Jay Kim and Laurel Kincl. We would like to characterize physical risk factors associated with Dungeness crab harvesting tasks and evaluate the efficacy of ergonomic interventions in reducing the physical risk factors.

What to expect

  • You will be asked to perform a series of simulated Dungeness crab harvesting tasks in a laboratory setting. Each task will last ~5 minutes with frequent breaks. The experiment session will last ~3 hours in total.
  • You will be paid for being in this research study at a rate of $25/hour. If you complete the 3-hour session, your compensation will be approximately $75 (3 hours X $25/hour).
  • Demographic (age, gender, and race) and anthropometric information (height, weight, arm length, shoulder height, elbow height, waist height, knuckle height, grip strength) will be collected.
  • During the experiment, we will measure body postures using 3-D optical motion capture system, muscle activity (electromyography), hand force, postural balance, and subjective rating of exertion. All of these measurements are non-invasive and minimal risk, which have been extensively used in our laboratory.


To be eligible, you should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Age: 21 or older;
  • Neither current pain (in last 7 days) nor history of musculoskeletal disorders in the neck, shoulder, and back regions;
  • No self-reported visual or vestibular deficits, such as balance or dizziness problems;
  • No current medication related to musculoskeletal disorders;
  • No significant reaction to skin preparation or adhesives.

Taking part in this study is voluntary. If you are interested in participating in the study or just want more information, please contact Jay Kim, PhD (541-737-2166, or Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Lab (541-737-3640,

Thank you!
Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Lab