Construction workers working on the giant Maracana stadium for the 2014 World Cup finals went on strike after one of their colleagues was badly burnt in an on-site explosion as reported by the workers union to Reuters.
According to the union, the worker's legs were also injured when an oil barrel with chemical residue exploded on Wednesday morning and he was rushed to the city's Souza Aguiar hospital.
Hundreds of workers held a demonstration outside the stadium to draw attention to their demands, which also include higher pay and health care. Up to 1,500 people work on the stadium in rotating shifts.
The contractor reported the workers had "interrupted reforms at the Maracana in the early afternoon."
The famed Maracana will stage Confederation Cup matches in 2013 and is expected to host the World Cup final a year later. The renovations have been estimated to cost one billion reais or $622.6 million US. (WCxKit)
In June, workers renovating the Mineirao stadium that will host World Cup matches in Belo Horizonte, capital of the southern central state of Minas Gerais, went on strike for four days demanding better pay and conditions.
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