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Health issues could halt work at World Cup stadium

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Construction on the already delayed stadium hosting the World Cup opener could be halted because of health and safety concerns for workers.

Prosecutors said Thursday they found irregularities where workers are installing nearly 20,000 temporary seats for the Brazil-Croatia game in four weeks at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo.

They said the builders were advised about the safety problems a few weeks ago but nothing was done by the time inspectors returned to Itaquerao on Thursday.

The company in charge of the temporary seats, Fast Engenharia, denied it had been notified of the problems, and dismissed the possibility that work would be stopped. It said the prosecutors' complaints were about minor issues, and all of the alleged problems would be resolved by the end of the day.

"If nothing is done we can order a work stoppage," said Roberto Pinheiro Pinto, a member of the public prosecutor's office.

Prosecutors acknowledged the problems were minor. They will send a report to the labor ministry, which would then decide whether to halt construction. Labor ministry officials told local media that although there were some irregularities, it was unlikely construction would be halted.

Labor officials stopped construction at Itaquerao this year after a worker died while installing the temporary seats. Late last year, two workers died after a crane collapsed while hoisting a huge roofing structure.

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