Report: Brazil crane operator worked 18 days

A news report cites a Sao Paulo state Labor Ministry official as

saying the man who operated the crane that collapsed at the city’s

World Cup stadium had worked 18 days in a row.

Two construction workers were killed in the Nov. 27 accident,

which remains under investigation.

G1 Internet portal quotes the ministry’s regional superintendent

Luis Antonio Medeiros as saying time cards showed the crane

operator at the Arena Corinthians stadium ”was 18 days without any

break.”

Medeiros said there wasn’t necessarily a cause and effect

relationship between the accident and the operator’s string of

workdays. But, he added, ”We think that’s exhausting for someone

who works such a delicate machine.”

Brazil is under pressure to finish the stadiums around the

country well before the tournament begins in June.