Brazil worker dies after stadium roof fall
December 16, 2013, 12:16 am TWN
MANAUS, Brazil--A worker fell 115 feet to his death from the roof of the Arena Amazonia in Brazil on Saturday, the fifth fatal accident during construction of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums.
Local media later reported that another worker had died of a heart attack at a convention center next to the stadium in Manaus. The building will be used to host meeting during the World Cup.
The state's public prosecutor's office asked a judge to suspend work on the Manaus stadium until safe working conditions could be guaranteed, though such requests are not often granted in Brazil.
Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22, died in a hospital in Manaus around 4 a.m. He fell nearly 35 meters (115 feet) after a cable broke and became the fifth person to die while building the World Cup stadiums.
“FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) learned of the death of the worker on Saturday at the Arena Amazonia site with great sadness,” a FIFA statement said.
Andrade Gutierrez, the Brazilian firm building the Amazonia stadium, said in another statement that Ferreira worked for a company that had been contracted to build the arena's cover and work would be suspended until Sunday.