Worker dies in Sao Paulo World Cup stadium accident

Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:53pm EDT
 
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By Andrew Downie

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Another man has died while helping to build the Sao Paulo stadium that will host the opening match at this year's World Cup in Brazil, a hospital spokesperson said on Saturday.

He is the third construction worker to perish while working on the Arena Corinthians on the outskirts of Sao Paulo and the seventh to die in building Brazil's World Cup arenas.

Fabio Hamilton da Cruz fell about 25 feet to his death on Saturday morning, said a spokesperson for the Santa Marcelina hospital where he was taken.

He was installing floors on the temporary stands being constructed at the ground that will host the Brazil-Croatia opener on June 12, Corinthians said in a statement.

Brazil's Sports Minister confirmed Saturday's death and said he would wait for a full report about the incident.

"The Sports Ministry registers its deepest sympathies over the death of Fabio Hamilton da Cruz," it said in a statement. "We express our total solidarity with his family and friends."

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke tweeted that he was "very saddened by the tragic death" of the worker and sent his condolences to the man's family and friends.

Fatal accidents have also occurred in Manaus and Brasilia.   Continued...

 
Workers look at the Arena Sao Paulo stadium, known as "Arena Corinthians" and "Itaquerao", in Sao Paulo March 29, 2014. Another man has died while helping to build the stadium that will host the opening match at this year's World Cup in Brazil, a hospital spokesperson said on Saturday. He is the third construction worker to perish while working on the Arena Corinthians on the outskirts of Sao Paulo and the seventh to die in Brazil's World Cup arenas. REUTERS/Nacho Doce