Scottish contractors to pay out £9,000 after 19-year-old labourer fell nearly 10m through factory roof

Two construction firms have been fined after a teenage worker fell nearly 10m through a factory roof.

TQR of Dalkeith, Scotland, had been contracted to carry out refurbishment of a roof in Bonnyrigg.

The work was subcontracted to David O'Neil who supplied a 19-year-old labourer to take on the job.

In April 2008, the worker stepped onto an unprotected plastic rooflight and fell through it, dropping almost 10m onto a factory floor.

TQR pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Edinburgh sheriff court, and was fined £6,000.

David O'Neil also pleaded guilty to breaching the act, and was fined £3,000.