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Contractor trying to reverse court ruling on World Cup games site

Posted: December 17, 2013 - 1:24am

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Associated Press

SAO PAULO — The contractor at the World Cup stadium where a worker fell 115 feet to his death is trying to reverse a labor court ruling that halted work on part of the venue.

Construction company Andrade Gutierrez said Monday it is trying to show officials that all safety measures are in place for workers installing the roof structures at the Arena Amazonia in the jungle city of Manaus, where England will play Italy and the United States will face Portugal in next year’s World Cup.

After Saturday’s death, public prosecutors requested the immediate interruption of work in all areas where laborers need to be high above the ground. The labor court said contractors must present a detailed report showing the site is safe.

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. Two workers were killed when a crane collapsed Nov. 27 as it was hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing at the Sao Paulo stadium that will host the World Cup opener. Last year, a worker died at the construction site of the stadium in the nation’s capital, Brasilia. The other death in Manaus happened in March.

Local World Cup organizers denied that some of the 2,000 workers walked off the Manaus construction site Monday and said work went on as usual where allowed by authorities. They said the Arena Amazonia was 93 percent completed by last week.

“There was no work stoppage,” said Miguel Capobiango Neto, the local World Cup coordinator. “All workers went through a revision of security procedures and returned to their assignments.”

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