Work halted at Brazil 2014 stadium

Death of a worker forces authorities to stop work at temporary stands of the stadium that will host the opening match.

    Arena Corinthians is scheduled to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup on June 12 [Reuters]
    Arena Corinthians is scheduled to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup on June 12 [Reuters]

    Brazilian authorities halted work at the temporary stands of the stadium that will host the opening match of this year's World Cup following the death of a worker, the company in charge of the construction said.

    The regional labour authority of Sao Paulo demanded that Fast Engenharia stop building to make a technical analysis of the project, the company said in a statement. Fast Engenharia said that after the analysis it will announce a new time frame for finishing the temporary stands.

    Fabio Hamilton da Cruz died on Saturday after falling 25 feet while installing floors on the stands, becoming the third construction worker to perish while working on the Arena Corinthians on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. Seven workers have died building Brazil's World Cup stadiums.

    The stadium was supposed to be finished in December but the delivery date was pushed back after two workers were killed in November when a crane toppled over.

    Work has been slow since then and there is concern that safety may be taking a back seat to haste as workers rush to finish the stadium in time.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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