Mining major BHP Billiton has been asked to pay A$430,000 ($446,683) in fines and legal costs over the death of a worker at its mine in Port Hedland.

BHP will pay A$130,000 ($134,770) in fines while an additional A$300,000 ($311,343) will be collected towards legal costs.

The Perth court convicted BHP as guilty for the death of a worker Andrew McLaughlin in July 2008 after he was crushed by heavy machinery Nelson Point rail workshop.

The court has also claimed that the company had failed in providing safe working environment at its Port Hedland iron ore operations in Western Australia.

Following the death, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) launched an investigation to verify working conditions at BHP’s mines.

DMP resources safety executive director Simon Ridge was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying that the judgment against BHP is likely to send a strong warning to the remaining mining companies in the state.

"The department will hold those who aren’t doing the right thing to account," added Ridge.

BHP remarked that the company will take time to reflect on the decision and penalty.

"We remain committed to continually improving our safety performance across our business with the objective of ensuring that our people return home safely at the end of every day," added the company in a statement.