A 31-year-old builder was left in agony when a freak slip from a ladder thrust the handle of a shovel 20 inches up his backside.
Astonished paramedics ferried luckless labourer Michael Mayer to hospital in Munich, Germany, where surgeons cut away the handle with an angle grinder.
“It was a million-to-one shot accident. He was up the ladder and lost his footing and, as he fell, one of those American-style spades without a grip on the end went right up his bottom. It was a sickening scream,” one workmate said.
Hospital authorities say the man has undergone a surgery to remove the remaining section of the handle and describe his condition as “stable.”