IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Criteria for safe installation of hauler and box support stations on lobster boats : joint development with fishers, test bench validation and implementation strategies


Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous industries for a variety of reasons, including the possibility of falling overboard.

In two previous projects, researchers analyzed work tasks and the risks of falling overboard, as well as their determinants, and documented the activities and layout of the two main workstations on lobster boats.

This research is intended to highlight the efficiency, safety and ergonomic benefits of specific hauler and box support layouts, formulate station design parameters and document the feasibility of implementing them when upgrading existing installations.

The design parameters for the two stations in question will be useful to designers of future installations and fishers wishing to upgrade existing installations to make them safer.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2014-0021
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2018
  • Francis Coulombe (Merinov)
  • Sylvie Montreuil (Université Laval)
  • Jean-Guy Richard (Université Laval)