Most people know that just about any job has its share of occupational hazards. When it comes to the entertainment realm, this could include actors getting injured on set or crew members being injured while dealing with dangerous equipment. But in the world of broadcast news, reporters and anchors can also experience their fair share of dangers on the job, and this was the case when an ESPN analyst was smashed by a falling TV set wall. Thankfully though, he seems to be doing fine after the incident.
ESPN Columbia Carlos Orduz was the journalist who was unfortunately crushed by the falling piece of the set. The ordeal took place during a live broadcast, and fans quickly took to Twitter to share the clip. You can see the moment for yourself down below:
It was a shocking moment, to say the least, and one that caused the show to cut to a commercial break. But as mentioned, Carlos Orduz appears to be doing well. Sometime after the clip went viral, Orduz took to social media himself to provide an update:
To those who wrote to me and greeted me about the accident last night, I must tell you that I am fine, thank God after the medical check-up, the respective examinations, any issue was ruled out, only a bruise and a blow to the nose (no fracture) . Greetings and thanks
It’s good to hear that Carlos Orduz is doing well because, if you’re like me, you probably got incredibly worried when you first saw that clip. But it sounds like he was able to get some medical attention immediately after the incident.
Journalists, especially those who work in television, have a number of unpredictable variables to contend with in their daily work. One of the biggest concerns is the presence of technical issues, but there can be some challenges that are a bit more unique. For instance, a broadcast can be playfully interrupted by a reporter’s child or, if you’re broadcasting from home, your spouse could be naked in the background. And these are only things that can happen when you’re not in the field.
If you’re a sports journalist working in the field, you can have a beer dumped on you by an angry fan. Or when working around Yellowstone National Park, you can even have a herd of bison heading towards you during a live shot. And if those situations weren’t crazy enough, police can even start firing shots during your segment.
The life of a journalist is definitely unpredictable and sometimes dangerous, and ESPN Columbia’s Carlos Orduz is the latest to experience this very thing. While the anchor came out of his situation well, he likely won’t forget it and may be a bit leery of the sets for a while. Let’s hope the show makes the necessary improvements to the set to ensure that no one else is put in a similar situation.