Robertson Construction ordered to pay compensation to family of roofer killed on Scottish school site

The family of a workman who died after falling 50 feet from a roof on a Scottish construction site has been awarded more than £100,000 in damages in the Court of Session.

Self-employed roofer James Weir, 38, died instantly when he fell through a hole in the roof of the new community Auchterarder school in July 2002 after safety nets were removed without his knowledge.

Weir was working for builder, Robertson Construction, who has been ordered to pay £103,975 compensation. Yesterday, at the Court of Session the contractor was told to pay his widow £35,000 and their children £17,000 each.

Elgin-based Robertson was previously fined £20,000 in a criminal case surrounding Weir's death after admitting breaching health and safety legislation by failing to provide guard rails and toe boards and removing the safety net below the roof.