Partial all-clear on Brazil World Cup stadium

Construction halted at Arena Corinthians after worker's death in March

The construction of Arena Corinthians.
The construction of Arena Corinthians.

Building work can resume in part of the stadium where a worker died while installing temporary seats for the World Cup opening match, Brazil has said.

Construction had been partially stopped at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo because of safety concerns after the worker's death on 29 March.

Labour Ministry officials who inspected the venue have now said most of the necessary safety measures have been implemented where the seats were being installed. But not all the work can resume because builders have yet to install protective nets in part of the site.

Brazilian World Cup organisers and FIFA said the delay should not keep the stadium from being finished in time for the Brazil-Croatia opener on 12 June.

Work at the Itaquerao stadium had already been delayed before the worker's death, which was the third at the stadium and seventh overall in World Cup venues in Brazil. Two builders died at the stadium in late November when a crane hoisting a giant roofing structure collapsed.

Fifa expects the venue to be fully ready in mid-May, about a month before the inaugural match of the tournament.

About 20,000 temporary seats are being installed behind the goals to increase the stadium's capacity to nearly 70,000. Officials have allowed construction to resume on the south side, where the worker died, but said more had to be done to improve the safety conditions on the north end.

Authorities said work should be able to resume there by Friday, following a new inspection scheduled in the next few days.

An initial investigation showed that Fabio Hamilton da Cruz, 23, fell from about 26 feet after failing to connect to a safety cable. Officials halted building work because they said additional safety measures could have prevented his death even though he was not connected to a cable.

Fast Engenharia, the company in charge of building the temporary seats, has denied any wrongdoing.

Two other stadiums are still being built in other parts of the country - one in the wetlands city of Cuiaba and another in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba.


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