World Cup organizers defend record after accidents

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2013 at 7:49 am •  Published: December 17, 2013

SAO PAULO (AP) — World Cup organizers insisted Tuesday after the latest death that they aren't sacrificing worker safety in a rush to ready Brazil's venues for next year's tournament.

In an interview with a small group of reporters, the managing director of FIFA's World Cup Brazil Office, Ron DelMont, said: "There is never a discussion that says you have to cut any corners to make sure that you deliver the stadium."

"At no point" has FIFA suggested loosening its safety requirements and "everything that we ask for is within the legislation and the guidelines of the government," he said.

"I have to say it's a bit frustrating to make that kind of suggestion that the event is much more important than the safety of the workers, because it's not only the safety of the workers, it's the safety of the spectators," he said. "So we don't compromise at all."

A worker fell 115 feet to his death Saturday at the Arena Amazonia in the jungle city of Manaus. It was the second death at the Arena Amazonia in less than a year, and the fifth at a World Cup venue the past two years.

Deputy Sports Minister Luis Fernandes said he's "pretty sure" that accident rates at World Cup venues are "well under" those in other sectors of Brazilian construction.

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