Work resumes at World Cup stadium in Brazil
A labor court has allowed construction to resume at the World
Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death while working on
a roofing structure in the jungle city of Manaus.
Construction in all areas where workers had to be high above the
ground was halted Sunday, a day after the second worker’s death at
the Arena Amazonia. The stadium will host four World Cup matches
next June, including England vs. Italy and the United States vs.
Labor officials inspected the venue Monday and Tuesday and said
constructors showed that all measures were in place to guarantee
The judge who cleared the site said, however, that work at the
roof can only take place during the day. The accident that killed
the 22-year-old worker happened at about 4 a.m. local time, during
the night shift. The causes remain under investigation.
The roof is meant to resemble snake scales after all diamond
shaped panels are installed at the 42-000 capacity stadium.
Local World Cup organizers said they are still trying to
determine how much the work stoppage will delay the stadium’s
”Now we will meet with (constructor) Andrade Gutierrez to
recreate the timetable and reprogram what still needs to be done
and determine new deadlines,” local World Cup coordinator Miguel
Capobiango Neto said in a statement.
The Arena Amazonia is one of the six venues that will not be
delivered by the end of the year as wanted by FIFA, although
construction at the site was 93 percent completed when the accident
happened. Organizers hoped to have it ready in mid-January, when
the first test event is scheduled to take place with about 10,000
workers who participated in the stadium’s construction serving as
Nearly 2,000 laborers are currently at the construction site to
try to finish the work.
The first death at the Arena Amazonia happened in March. A few
hours after Saturday’s accident, another worker died of a heart
attack while paving an area outside the venue.
In late November, two workers were killed when a crane collapsed
while hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing at the stadium that will
host the World Cup opener in Sao Paulo on June 12. Last year, a
worker died at the construction site of the stadium in the nation’s
capital, Brasilia. Another worker died in April at the new
Palmeiras stadium, which may be used for teams training in Sao
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