At a press workstation eight industrial workers processed light-weight objects at six different combined adjustments of reach distance and working height. Working posture, workers' perceptions, and task performance were measured. Two recommendations were formulated in order to minimize the load on the musculoskeletal system: (1) the maximum reach distance is not exceeded if the object can be placed in the stamp on the press as well as be removed without bending the trunk forward, and (2) the working height should be adjusted between 5 and 10 cm above elbow height. © 2002/2003 - IOS Press. All rights reserved.