Philip Evans, a 60-year old man was working at a Debenhams store in Exeter repairing glass on a canopy above their shop front. He suffered fatal injuries when falling through a glass canopy. Both Sir Robert McAlpine and its sub-contractor, London Fenestration Trades (LFT), were fined £200,000 each, although the latter was in liquidation at the date of sentencing.
The mobile elevating work platform being used during the work was inadequate. There was a gap in the canopy which had been created by LFT removing a damaged pane. Aside from Mr Evans working on a glass surface it had been raining and there was no edging. Despite workers knowing about the gap they were too focussed on completing the job. The workers had harnesses and lanyards but there were no anchor points to attach them.