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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Worker dies in Brazil stadium fall

Published 14/12/2013 | 17:42

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Builders working on the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.

A construction worker has died after falling from the roof of the Arena da Amazonia stadium which will host England's first game in the World Cup in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus.

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The Andrade Gutierrez construction company says Marcleudo Ferreira fell some 115 feet.

The Local Organising Committee of the World Cup says work on the stadium was halted for a period of mourning and will resume on Sunday.

Last month, two construction workers were killed when a crane collapsed as it was hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing at the Sao Paulo stadium that is hosting the opening match of the World Cup.

The G1 news portal said another worker fell to his death in the same Manaus stadium in May and a worker died in 2012 after falling from a stadium in Brasilia.

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The stadium is hosting the England v Italy match on June 14.

When an Associated Press reporter visited the stadium this week, workers were installing diamond shaped panels to the latticework of steel girders that form part of the stadium roof. Dozens of labourers were balanced on the girders as they worked. When complete, the panels on the roof are meant to resemble snake scales.

Manaus officials said they aim to hold the first match to test the stadium on January 15, with the 10,000 workers who participated in the stadium's construction serving as spectators. Delays in the unblocking of federal financing for the venue slowed construction, causing FIFA to push back its original December deadline for stadium delivery.

After the deaths in Sao Paulo in late November, FIFA said "the safety of workers is the top priority" for football's governing body and local organizers.

In early October, a Brazilian labour judge halted work at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba for nearly a week because of safety concerns.

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