Farmhand who struck his penis in a horror accident in the workplace and him & # 39; no sexual function & # 39; pays tribute to his & # 39; very understanding wife & # 39; because his former employer is fined $ 75,000
- Cotton farm worker almost crushed to death by collapsed trench wall in 2017
- Russell Ballard pinned from his waist and still bears physical and mental scars
- He spoke out after the former employer was fined $ 75,000 without conviction
A cotton farm worker who smashed his penis in a workplace accident horror has paid homage to his & # 39; very understanding wife & # 39 ;.
Russell Ballard, then 48, laid irrigation pipes for a closed railway line in 2017 on a farm near Toowoomba in Queensland.
He suffered multiple fractures on his hips, backbone and ribs when a wall fell into the 3.6 meter deep trench and pinned it down from his waist.
His genitals were also badly damaged.
Cotton farmer Culverthorpe Pty Ltd was fined $ 75,000 after being found guilty Monday in a Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
Two and a half years later, Mr. Ballard is still physically and mentally signed for his near-death experience.
Russell Ballard who smashed his penis in a workplace accident horror has paid homage to his & # 39; very understanding wife & # 39; Debbie (pictured left with Russell)
Ballard spent a month in the hospital after a trench collapsed on him two years ago
He only came back into service for the first time since the accident and now works as a school bus driver.
He still has nightmares about being buried alive, which he says he would not wish for his worst enemy.
He is now afraid of driving in tunnels, can only walk or stand for short periods, still suffers from paralyzing anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
& # 39; You know, although I have smashed my penis, I can still walk. The doctors can't believe I can walk, let alone ride my motorcycle, so I'm glad I can walk, & Mr Ballard told the Brisbane Times.
During a work-related accident in 2017, Russell suffered multiple fractures of his hips, spine and ribs
& # 39; I no longer have a sexual function, but it is very, very much reduced. Fortunately I have a very understanding woman.
& # 39; I get pretty good flashbacks every day, my head … everything comes back, only seeing myself squeezed and thinking & # 39; this is not good & # 39 ;.
The court ruling Published online this week suggests Culverthorpe Pty had no formal protocol for trenching and laying pipes.
& # 39; The risk of the ditches collapsing was foreseeable and the risk of serious injury or death as a result could also be foreseen & & # 39;
The former cotton farm worker (photo) has recently returned to work as a school bus driver
& # 39; Mr Ballard, inexperienced in trenches, suffered serious injuries that needed surgery and hospitalization for a month. He was accompanied by people who had not had specific training in trench tombs. & # 39;
No conviction was recorded.
& # 39; In this case the crime is serious, but it is not so serious that the conviction of a conviction for a first crime by the defendant who is a good citizen of the business and otherwise of good nature is justified & # 39; , concluded the judgment.
Russell Ballard (photo) still has nightmares about the accident that nearly killed him
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