BHP fined over worker’s death

BHP Billiton has been fined $130,000 for the death of a worker in Port Hedland.

Yesterday the Perth Magistrates Court found the company failed to provide instruction and supervision, or implement a suitable job hazard assessment, with the oversight resulting in the death of Andrew McLaughlin in 2008.


McLaughlin was crushed to death in a scissor lift in a workshop in Port Hedland, and along with the fine BHP was ordered to pay $300,000 in costs.


In a statement BHP said it was committed to improving safety on site, and it would take the time to reflect on the court's decision.


“Any one fatality is one fatality too many,” it said.


“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Andrew McLaughlin.”

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