Work resumes at World Cup stadium in Brazil

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013

SAO PAULO (AP) — A labor court has allowed construction to resume at the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death while working on a roofing structure in the jungle city of Manaus.

Construction in all areas where workers had to be high above the ground was halted Sunday, a day after the second worker's death at the Arena Amazonia. The stadium will host four World Cup matches next June, including England vs. Italy and the United States vs. Portugal.

Labor officials inspected the venue Monday and Tuesday and said constructors showed that all measures were in place to guarantee workers' safety.

The judge who cleared the site said, however, that work at the roof can only take place during the day. The accident that killed the 22-year-old worker happened at about 4 a.m. local time, during the night shift. The causes remain under investigation.

The roof is meant to resemble snake scales after all diamond shaped panels are installed at the 42-000 capacity stadium.

Local World Cup organizers said they are still trying to determine how much the work stoppage will delay the stadium's delivery.

"Now we will meet with (constructor) Andrade Gutierrez to recreate the timetable and reprogram what still needs to be done and determine new deadlines," local World Cup coordinator Miguel Capobiango Neto said in a statement.

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