Worker Fired For Somersaulting Into Concrete Puddle

Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: CEN

This construction worker has lost his job after being filmed somersaulting topless into a pile of wet concrete.

The incident took place at construction works on the Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro stadium in the city of Ibague, in the central Colombian department of Tolima. 

In the video, the worker, who has bot been named in reports, can be seen topless as he runs towards a puddle of wet concrete.

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He then somersaults into the puddle, landing on his back as a colleague can be heard laughing in the background.

Diana Cepeda, the manager of the Municipal Institute for Sports lamented the worker’s behaviour and claimed he had been fired because of his bad behaviour.

According to local media, the man broke health and safety rules and could have risked the seriousness of the works being done to the stadium before an event that will be held on 5th March.

Cepeda said: “This is an isolated incident that has nothing to do with the institute. This person risked his life and also risked that of his colleagues.”

He said that other workers had been called to a meeting to remind them of their tasks during the construction operation.

The sanction was strongly criticised by some netizens who considered it out of proportion, such as ‘Camila Jaramillo’ who said: “To me it was part of a break. That is any worker’s right.”

Other netizens criticised the worker, such as ‘Ceci Bonilla Garcia’, who wrote: “Those workers are wasting a lot of time in those works.”

And others joked about the situation, like ‘Duvan Bolivar Castro’ who commented: “Do you think he has a future as a wrestler?”

The work on the stadium is being done to the western stand, the press rooms, the changing rooms, and the eating areas. The works are expected to be finished by mid-February.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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