Farmer pinned under tractor
A FARMER faces an anxious wait to see if he will walk again, after he was pinned under his slasher for up to two hours.
It is believed Max Horvath, 45, became trapped after his slasher fell on him while he was trying to repair it on his Calavos farm on Friday night.
Mr Horvath was found by his partner, Claudia Moffat, when she went looking for him after he did not show up for dinner.
“I sent the kids out to have a look for him, but when they couldn’t find him I went for a drive and that’s when I found the tractor,” she said.
Ms Moffat said he could have been underneath the farm equipment for between an hour and a half and two hours.
The farmer was found about 8pm.
Ms Moffat said Mr Horvath, a Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers board member, had been completing some slashing around the farm, which produced mainly cucumbers, and it appeared he had stopped to do some maintenance.
“I wasn’t sure what had happened but I saw some plastic in the slasher so obviously he stopped to remove that when it fell,” she said.
Ms Moffat said she immediately called for help and asked Mr Horvath’s children to help direct the ambulance to the tractor in the paddock on Fallons Rocks Road.
Firefighters were also called but were not needed, as Mr Horvath was already out from under the slasher when they arrived.
He was taken by ambulance to Bundaberg Hospital with leg and pelvic injuries.
Ms Moffat said Mr Horvath now faced a long road to recovery.
“He’s certainly surviving this — I’m just not sure whether he will walk or not. They are saying it could be a good six months,” she said.
Mr Horvath underwent emergency surgery yesterday to try to determine the extent of his injuries and to fix the damage.
“The x-rays show that none of his bones are broken but the blood circulation has been cut off to his legs,” she said.
“It’s all a big unknown at the moment.”
It is believed Mr Horvath has damaged nerves his legs.
Staff at Bundaberg Hospital described Mr Horvath’s condition as stable.