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Monday December 16, 2013

Brazil Court Halts Construction on World Cup Stadium in Manaus After Recent Worker’s Death

Brazil Court Halts Construction on World Cup Stadium in Manaus After Recent Worker’s Death

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Brazilian prosecutors said Sunday that they asked for a halt in the construction of the Arena de la Amazonia stadium in Manaus, one of 12 venues for the 2014 World Cup and where a laborer died on the weekend, the second fatality in the past nine months.

Three prosecutors on Saturday presented the request to a court in the northern state of Amazonas, of which Manaus is the capital.

Early Saturday morning, laborer Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22, died when he fell from a height of 35 meters (115 feet) while installing floodlights on the roof of the stadium

The request to halt construction is based on the construction firm’s alleged noncompliance with safety regulations and because of the “reoccurrence confirmed by the recent deaths of the workers, victims of workplace accidents under the same conditions,” prosecutors said.

In March, another worker died in a similar accident when he lost his balance and fell from a height of five meters (16 feet) while trying to move directly from a column under construction to the adjacent 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 in a filing with the court.

Prosecutors making the request accuse the Andrade Gutierrez construction firm of “negligent and irresponsible conduct” and are suggesting the imposition of a daily fine of 100,000 reais (about $42,826) while work is halted.

The laborer’s death on Saturday makes five people who have died during construction and remodeling work on Brazilian World Cup stadiums.

On Nov. 27, two people were killed in the Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo, which will host the tournament’s opening match between Brazil and Croatia, when a crane collapsed while hoisting a several-hundred-ton metal roofing structure.

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