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BHP Steel said it was disappointed with today's judgement in the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission following a prosecution by Workcover.

The company was today fined $200,000 as a result of a 1998 incident at the Port Kembla Steelworks in which an employee suffered a dislocated shoulder.

BHP Steel Vice President Primary Operations Ross Murray said the level of the fine seemed high given the circumstances surrounding the event.

"This was quite clearly a regrettable incident and the company has implemented a number of remedial measures to ensure it doesn't happen again," he said.

"BHP Steel prides itself on its safety record and the company is working very hard to achieve a 'no harm' environment in all of its operations."

"We will be reviewing the judgement and considering available options."

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