Friday 26 December 2014

Accident kills construction worker

Published 10/06/2014 | 00:32

The killed worker was employed on a monorail line in Sao Paulo, Brazil (AP)
The killed worker was employed on a monorail line in Sao Paulo, Brazil (AP)

A construction accident on a monorail meant to expand the metro network in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, has killed a worker.

The victim was hit by a large concrete support beam that fell while being erected in the city, authorities say.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.

The accident comes as a strike has paralysed Sao Paulo's subway system just before the city is set to host the opening match of the World Cup, Brazil v Croatia.

It occurred near Brazil's busiest domestic airport of Congonhas.

Originally, the expansion of the metro system was meant to be completed before the World Cup to help fans move around the congested city.

But in 2011, just a year after construction began, the Brazilian government already warned it would not be ready in time for the Cup.

England will play their second match in Group D, against Uruguay, in Sao Paulo on June 19.

Press Association

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