Construction worker dies after fall at WCup venue

Construction worker dies after fall at WCup venue

Published Jun. 12, 2012 3:32 a.m. ET

Authorities say a 21-year-old worker helping build a World Cup stadium in Brazil died after a 30-meter (100-feet) fall at the construction site.

The local government said Jose Afonso de Oliveira Rodrigues died Monday while working at the World Cup venue in the capital Brasilia.

The government said the companies in charge of the construction of the 70,000-capacity Mane Garrincha stadium were investigating the cause of the accident and giving support to the worker's family. The companies told local media that Rodrigues appeared to be wearing his safety equipment at the time of the accident.

Brasilia will host three matches in next year's Confederations Cup and seven in the World Cup, the first in Brazil since 1950.