Laboratory-based study

Laboratory-based study

Evaluating fishermen-led safety designs in the Dungeness Crab Fleet

We would like to invite you to participate in a laboratory-based study conducted by Oregon State University. The project is titled “Evaluating fishermen-led safety designs in the Dungeness Crab Fleet” 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 a fishermen-led ergonomic intervention 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 ~4 hours in total.
  • You will be paid for being in this research study at a rate of $25/hour. If you complete the 4-hour session, your compensation will be approximately $100 (4 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), postural balance, and subjective rating of exertion. All of these measurements are non-invasive and minimal risk, which have extensively used in our laboratory.


To be eligible

You should meet the following eligibility criteria

  • Age: 21 or order;
  • 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.
  • It will be conducted at the Occupational Ergonomic and Biomechanics Laboratory (Women’s Building 11) on the OSU main campus.


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, [email protected]) or Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Lab (541-737-3640, [email protected]).