Worker dies at stadium hosting World Cup opener

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 29 at 7:03 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — A hospital says a worker has died after falling at the construction site of the stadium that will host Brazil's World Cup opener in Sao Paulo.

The press office of the Hospital Santa Marcelina in Sao Paulo confirms the death.

Construction company Fast Engenharia said in a statement Fabio Hamilton da Cruz fell about 26 feet (8 meters) while helping install temporary seats at the Itaquerao stadium.

The accident comes about four months after two workers died when a crane collapsed at the stadium.

Construction was already behind schedule because of the damage caused by the earlier accident. FIFA said it was expecting the venue to be finished in mid-May, about a month before the June 12 opener, but it wasn't clear if Saturday's incident would prompt further delays.

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