BHP Billiton convicted over worker's death

BHP Billiton has been found guilty of failing to provide a safe working environment after the death of a man at a Port Hedland workshop in 2008.

Andrew McLaughlin was crushed by a scissor lift.

Magistrate Peter Malone has found the company failed to provide instruction and supervision or implement and enforce a suitable job hazard assessment.

The magistrate found that led to Mr McLaughlin's death.

The maximum penalty for the offence is $400,000.

The case has been adjourned for sentencing until March 19.

In a statement a spokeswoman for BHP says the company will take time to reflect on the legal aspects of the decision.

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