Sunday 25 February 2018

'Worker dies in fall down lift shaft' at 2018 World Cup stadium site in Saint Petersburg

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A worker has died after falling down a lift shaft at a stadium being built in Saint Petersburg for the 2018 World Cup, according to Russian news agency R-Sport.

Ekaterina Giginyak, a spokeswoman for stadium contractor Metrostroy St Petersburg, told R-Sport the unnamed employee "somehow fell down an elevator shaft and suffered fatal impact injuries".

Investigations are under way by Russian law enforcement and labour inspectors, Ms Giginyak was quoted as saying.

There have been at least eight fatalities among workers at the stadium, including three in the last 12 months.

The stadium has also been plagued by cost increases and delays.

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