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Eighth worker dies during World Cup stadium construction in Brazil



Reuters is reporting that another construction worker has died while getting a World Cup stadium in Brazil ready for play next month. Electrical work on the stadium in Cuiaba has been halted until safety precautions are taken.

Muhammad-Ali Maciel Afonso, 32, who worked for the [Etel Engenharia] contractor, died after an electrical accident on Thursday at Arena Pantanal. Afonso was the eighth worker to die during construction of twelve arenas that will host games for the month-long soccer competition.

Builders were scrambling to finish several stadiums on time before the tournament starts on June 12.

Arena Pantanal, in the heart of Brazil’s farm belt, is one of three delayed World Cup stadiums still being built.

In October, a fire broke out at Arena Pantanal, with a government reporting finding that the blaze caused “structural damage” that “could compromise the overall stability of the construction.” In November, the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in Sao Paulo partially collapsed, killing two workers.

Preparations for the World Cup have been beset by construction and infrastructure delays and now another worker’s death. A FIFA official this week warned fans that getting around the country will be difficult, and the Brazilian government has simply given up trying to complete some projects that have no hope of completion before the World Cup begins.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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