Work resumes at stadium hosting World Cup opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm •  Published: April 11, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Work is back at full speed at the stadium hosting the World Cup opener after labor officials allowed workers to return to part of the construction site that was closed because of safety concerns.

Labor ministry officials inspected the stadium on Friday and said it is safe for workers to resume installing the temporary seats needed for the June 12 inaugural match.

The installation had been halted March 31 after a worker's death at the Itaquerao. Part of the site was cleared on Monday, but officials said additional safety measures were needed.

Fast Engenharia, the company in charge of the temporary structures, installed protective netting for the workers and officials said they were satisfied with the solution.

The Itaquerao was already behind schedule, but local organizers said this delay will not keep the stadium from being finished in time for the Brazil-Croatia opener.

"Although work was interrupted for nearly two weeks, Fast is committed to delivering the temporary stands within the previously agreed timetable, with its completion expected in the first 15 days of May," the company said.

About 20,000 temporary seats are being installed behind the goals to increase the stadium's capacity to nearly 70,000 for the opener.