Another worker dies at World Cup stadium

Published: Sunday | December 15, 2013 Comments 0

SAO PAULO (AP):

A construction worker fell to his death yesterday from the roof of a World Cup stadium being built in the jungle city of Manaus, marking the latest setback to hit Brazil before it hosts football's showcase event next year.

It was the second death at the Arena Amazonia in less than a year, and the third fatality in a World Cup stadium in less than a month.

Two workers died in late November when a crane collapsed as it was hoisting a 500-tonne piece of roofing at the Sao Paulo stadium that will host the tournament's June 12 opener.

Last year, a worker died at the construction site of the stadium in the nation's capital, Brasilia.

Another worker died in April at the new Palmeiras stadium, which may be used for teams training for games in Sao Paulo.

Andrade Gutierrez, the construction company building the Arena Amazonia, said in a statement that 22-year-old Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira fell some 115 feet (35 metres) in the early morning accident, the second fatality at the venue since construction began in 2010. Another man died there in March.

4 MATCHES FOR STADIUM

The stadium will host four World Cup matches, beginning with England vs Italy on June 14. It will also host the United States vs Portugal on June 22.

Most teams were hoping to avoid playing in Manaus because of humid and hot conditions in the jungle city, as well as the increased travel distance.

Andrade Gutierrez said the causes of the accident would be investigated, but reiterated its commitment to worker safety.

The local World Cup organising committee said work on the Manaus stadium was halted for a period of mourning and will resume today.

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