Thursday, January 15, 2015

KRDO reporter gets frostbite, station criticized over safety training

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 5:07 PM

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On Dec. 30, TV station KRDO reported on the dangers of frostbite: "With local temperatures predicted to be as low as minus 10 degrees overnight Tuesday, experts remind you to dress warmly and avoid over-exertion if you plan to be outdoors for any extended period."

Good advice. So, what happened? Here's TVSpy on Jan. 6:

"Eric Fink, a reporter at Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO remains hospitalized this morning after suffering severe frostbite Saturday night," the site wrote. "Fink had been attempting to do a one-man-band late news liveshot, but had problems connecting his camera to the backpack."

Organizations like the Washington Post and the Daily Mail in the U.K. also covered the frostbite incident. We missed it entirely, at the time, a fact we're attributing to the Charlie Hedbo attack happening the next day. (That's our story, and we're sticking to it.)

The interesting part is that, apparently, Fink — a Los Angeles native and graduate of Arizona State University — at the time mentioned concerns with the weather, which hit 11 degrees that night, concerns shared by other station employees according to an anonymous insider.

Here's TVSpy again:
According to the insider, Fink told producers at the station he could not resolve the issue without taking his gloves off, but was concerned about exposing his hands to the cold and wind. ...

The station ... has been criticized by reporters, according to the source, over a lack of safety training regarding extreme weather. “No one was surprised that something bad was going to happen during spot news or weather, we’d just hoped it wouldn’t lead to someone potentially losing fingers as a result.”
We've contacted multiple parties at the station, and will update this post if we hear back.

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