A 32 year old father of five received an electric shock which led to the amputation of his left arm above the elbow, right arm below the elbow and both of his feet, suffered severe burns to his legs and back, damage to his vocal chords, and was in an induced coma for six weeks.

Boundary Scaffolding Limited, of Kendrick Industrial Estate Swindon pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2 (1) of the Health and Safety etc Act 1974 and was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1415.10.

Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard how Jamie Mines was erecting scaffolding when the structure came into contact with 33KV overhead power lines.

An investigation by the HSE found the scaffolding should not have been built so close to overhead power lines. HSE inspector Ian Whittles said: “This incident could have been prevented had the company and its director properly planned a safe system of work and ensured the scaffolding was erected in line with HSE regulations.The company and its director failed to ensure a safe system of work was in place for erecting a scaffold under overhead power lines. Due to their failings, a young father of five has been left with life-changing injuries and the lives of an entire family have been changed forever.””

Company director Jonathon Lee Griffiths-Clack of Swindon pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months. He has been ordered to pay costs of £1545.30.

Jamie Mines issued ther following statement: “I can’t quite put into words how it feels to wake up with no hands. I had five-month-old twin girls at the time of the accident, all I could think of when I woke up was the things I wouldn’t be able to do, for example I wouldn’t be able to hold my babies’ hands again, I wouldn’t be able to draw, play catch or teach my girls any of the things that I had learned with my hands.

There’s so many things I can’t do it’s hard to imagine, but to never feel anything with my hands again is what I struggle with the most.

Sitting here now in my wheelchair nine months after the accident and I still don’t walk, for a man who was very active before the accident it has been extremely difficult. I was a keen a sportsman as well as someone who enjoyed his job and was really hands on with my babies. How my life has changed is almost indescribable.”