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article imageConstruction halted at 2014 World Cup venue after worker dies

By Karen Graham     Dec 15, 2013 in Sports
Citing alleged noncompliance with safety regulations and the recent deaths of construction workers on the 2014 World Cup stadiums, Brazilian prosecutors have requested that work be halted at the Arena de la Amazonia stadium in Manaus.
Construction on the World Cup stadium was halted on Saturday after Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, a 22-year old construction worker fell to his death Saturday morning. Melo Ferreira was helping install diamond-shaped panels into the latticework on the steel girders that form part of the roof of the stadium.
Prosecutors asked that work be halted immediately on all parts of the stadium where workers were required to be working in areas high above the ground. The work will only be allowed to restart after the construction company can show that safety measures are in place at the Arena AmazĂ´nia, which will host England against Italy and the U.S. against Portugal in 2014.
In March, another worker died after falling 16 feet when he lost his balance moving from a column where he had been working, to a scaffolding. "In view of the serious new work accident, with a fatality, the adoption of urgent and immediate measures is imperative with the aim of safeguarding the lives and physical integrity of the hundreds of workers," prosecutors said as part of their filing with the court.
The Andrade Gutierrez construction firm is being accused of "negligent and irresponsible conduct" by prosecutors, and they have also requested that a daily fine of 100,000 reals (about $42,826) be imposed on the company for every day that work is halted.
A local union leader, Cicero Custodio, told reporters workers were ready to strike if conditions weren't improved. He said, "Workers at the Amazonia Arena are being ill-treated. We are being ignored by the authorities. It is disgraceful that lives are being put at risk through working night shifts at dangerous sites to make construction deadlines."
Saturday's death brings the total to five construction workers who have died during the building and remodeling of the 2014 World Cup venues in Brazil. Two people were killed at the stadium Corinthians on Nov. 27, when a construction crane collapsed.
The stadium Amazonia is just one of six World Cup stadiums that will not be finished by the end of the year, as specified by FIFA.
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