Sao Paulo 28th November 2013: Two workers have killed in an accident at Sao Paulo’s stadium in Brazil, which is set to host 2014 World Cup opener, officials said on Wednesday. They were aged 44 and 42.
A crane was hoisting a part of the metal roof when it collapsed, causing the piece to fall, partially damaging the building, according to reports.
This is the third fatal accident in World Cup stadiums in Brazil. The new accident raises doubts about Brazil’s ability to complete work for the world cup on schedule. Six of Brazil’s world cup stadiums are not yet ready.
Arena Corinthians, one of 12 World Cup venues set for the world cup, was due to be completed on December 31, the deadline set by football’s governing body FIFA. The venue is being constructed by Odebrecht company.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was “deeply saddened by the tragic deaths”.
Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke said: “Extremely shocked by the news from Sao Paulo. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this accident. We are currently awaiting further details from the authorities, who are investigating this tragic accident.”
“The safety of workers is the top priority for FIFA, the LOC and the federal government. We know the safety of all workers has always been paramount for all the construction companies contracted to build the 12 FIFA World Cup stadiums,” FIFA said in a statement.