North West Wales

Robin Evans' China lift shaft fall death 'accidental'

Robin Llyr Evans Image copyright Pwllheli Youth Rugby
Image caption Pwllheli RFC paid tribute to Robin Llyr Evans who was a former player

A young engineer from Gwynedd was killed instantly when he fell down a lift shaft while working at a tennis stadium in China, an inquest has heard.

Robin Llyr Evans, 20, was setting up cameras used to check line calls during matches for Hawk-Eye Innovations at a new stadium in Wuhan in September 2015.

Mr Evans, from Llanbedrog, mistook a lift shaft cover for a safe piece of flooring but it collapsed.

A conclusion of accidental death was recorded at the hearing in Caernarfon.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones told the hearing if the incident had happened in Wales, he would have ordered improvements in health and safety at the stadium.

Hawk-Eye removed its staff from the event in China following the incident.

Co-worker Emily Davies told the inquest that she and Mr Evans had been sent into the stadium roof to test equipment and had become disorientated as they tried to find the way back out.

"Robin said that he'd find the exit, and I turned around," she said.

"That's when I heard a crash. When I turned around I couldn't see him anymore."

His body was later discovered on top of a lift by Chinese stadium staff.

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He had suffered serious head injuries and had died immediately, the hearing was told.

Ms Davies said there had been no signs warning about the lift shaft, in either Chinese or English.

"If this had happened in this country I could have given directions to improve safety," noted the coroner.

"But as this happened in China - I have no power to do that."

Following the hearing, Hawk-Eye Innovations said in a statement that the thoughts of everyone at the company were with Mr Evans' family and friends.

"We hope that this inquest can in some way help them come to terms with Robin's tragic death," they said.

Pwllheli RFC, where Mr Evans was a former player, previously paid tribute to him.

On its Twitter account the club wrote: "Our truly sincere condolences are extended to Robin Evans' family and friends following the tragic accident which took his life."

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