Friday 20 October 2017

Construction worker dies at Arena Amazonia in Manaus where England will play Italy

The collapse at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paolo resulted in the death of at least two workers last month (AP)
The collapse at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paolo resulted in the death of at least two workers last month (AP)

A construction worker died in Manaus on Saturday at the stadium where England will begin their World Cup campaign against Italy next summer.

Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22, died in hospital after falling nearly 35 meters off the roof of the Arena Amazonia after a cable broke, adding to safety concerns as the country races to finish building its stadiums in time.

Workers had already been killed at three of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums. Fatal accidents have occurred in Manaus, Brasilia and most recently in Sao Paulo, where two people died on November 27 after a crane collapsed in the arena that is to host the opening game on June 12.

Preparations for the World Cup have also been plagued by delays, accidents, cost overruns, and public anger over government waste that contributed to massive nationwide street protests last year.

Andrade Gutierrez, the Brazilian firm building the Amazon stadium, said in a statement that Ferreira worked for a company that had been contracted to build the arena's cover and an internal investigation of the incident would be conducted.

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