Soccer-Maracana workers strike after on-site blast

RIO DE JANEIRO Aug 17 (Reuters) – Construction workers refurbishing 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 on Wednesday, the workers’ union said.

The worker’s legs were also injured when an oil barrel with chemical residue exploded on Wednesday morning and he had been rushed to the city’s Souza Aguiar hospital, the union added.

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