Contractor seeks to resume work at World Cup site

The contractor at the World Cup stadium where a worker fell 115

feet (35 meters) to his death is trying to reverse a labor court

ruling that halted work on part of the venue.

Construction company Andrade Gutierrez said Monday it is trying

to show officials that all safety measures are in place for workers

installing the roof structures at the Arena Amazonia in the jungle

city of Manaus, where England will play Italy and the United States

will face Portugal in next year’s World Cup.

After Saturday’s death, public prosecutors requested the

immediate interruption of work in all areas where laborers need to

be high above the ground. The labor court said contractors must

present a detailed report showing the site is safe.

It was the second death at the Arena Amazonia in less than a

year, and the fifth at a World Cup venue the past two years. Two

workers were killed when a crane collapsed Nov. 27 as it was

hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing at the Sao Paulo stadium that

will host the World Cup opener. Last year, a worker died at the

construction site of the stadium in the nation’s capital, Brasilia.

The other death in Manaus happened in March.

Local World Cup organizers denied that some of the 2,000 workers

walked off the Manaus construction site Monday and said work went

on as usual where allowed by authorities. They said the Arena

Amazonia was 93 percent completed by last week.

”There was no work stoppage,” said Miguel Capobiango Neto, the

local World Cup coordinator. ”All workers went through a revision

of security procedures and returned to their assignments.”

A local union had planned a strike to complain of inadequate

conditions at the stadium, which is among the six World Cup arenas

that will not be completed by the end of the year as wanted by the

international soccer body FIFA because of construction delays.

Another is the Sao Paulo venue, where the giant white latticed

roof arch still sits where it fell last month, resting bent and

crumpled on top of a wall it partly wrecked at one end of the


Andres Sanchez, the Corinthians soccer club ex-president in

charge of the team’s stadium project in Sao Paulo, said Monday that

construction will be finished April 15, with test events likely

taking place later that month. Most of the stadium, with the

exception of the corner where the crane collapsed, will be ready

before that, he said.

If not for the accident, the stadium would have been ready for

test games in February. Investigations continue to determine the

reasons why the German crane collapsed, he said.

Manaus officials wanted to hold the first test event at the

stadium Jan. 15, with around 10,000 workers who participated in the

venue’s construction serving as spectators. Organizers said it’s

too early to say how much the construction stoppage this week will

affect the stadium’s delivery.

AP Sports Writer John Leicester in Sao Paulo contributed to this