During a project in August 2010 at Kendrick Farms in Conecuh County, Gerald Lymon was holding onto the boom of a tractor-driven post hole digger operated by another man.
After the drill bit struck a hard piece of ground, Lymon was knocked over and his pants, clothes and genitals became entangled in the drill. The spinning drill caused the skin of his genitals to be ripped off.
The men had planned to fence about 40 acres. During testimony, it was revealed that the workers were not operating the hole digger in a safe manner.
“All farm equipment is dangerous,” said James Johnson, one of Lymon’s lawyers. “Unfortunately, farmers and a lot of people who employ these laborers don’t do a good job of training them.”
Wylie Joe Kendrick, Kendrick Farms and Kendrick Logging LLC are now responsible for paying Lymon the $4 million because of his permanent injury. The jury found that Kendrick was in violation of the Alabama Employer Liability Act.