Sunday, March 30, 2014

Seventh worker dies on World Cup stadium construction: Report

Brazil suffered another World Cup-related death this weekend after a construction worker fell at the stadium which will host the championship's opener in Sao Paulo. It was the seventh death attributed to accidents to construction of the World Cup soccer venues.

Fabio Hamilton da Cruz, whose age was not disclosed, reportedly fell about 26 feet while helping install temporary seats at the Itaquerao stadium.

Firefighters claim the worker fell from about 50 feet. Either way, the press office of the Hospital Santa Marcelina in Sao Paulo confirmed the death, saying the worker did not survive serious head injuries.

In Brazil's haste to have the stadiums ready before the June 12 opening match between Brazil and Croatia, it seems the host country has created a sort of construction company Racket of Death.

Three workers died in the Arena da Amazonia in the jungle city of Manaus, including a 55-year-old Portuguese man killed while disassembling a crane that was used to install the stadium's roof earlier this year. 

Another worker died at the stadium of a heart attack. In 2012, a worker died at the construction site of the stadium in the nation's capital, Brasilia. 

Construction was already behind schedule in Sao Paulo because of the damage caused by the earlier accident in late November, when the roofing structure fell on part of the stadium's facade. 

Although the venue was originally planned to be finished by "early 2014" FIFA said it was expecting the venue to be finished in mid-May, around a month before the opener. 

It was not clear if Saturday's incident would prompt further delays. 

About 20,000 temporary seats were being added to the new stadium to increase its capacity for the high-profile inaugural match featuring Brazil.

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