Fourth fatal World Cup stadium accident rocks Brazil

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STADIUM IN THE AMAZON. Picture taken on November 25, 2013 of the Arena Amazonia stadium under construction in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil. AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba

Brazil was rocked Saturday, December 14, by a fourth fatal World Cup stadium accident as a young construction worker fell to his death, heightening safety worries barely 6 months from kick-off. The latest fatality, at the Manaus Arena in the northern Amazonia region, will add scrutiny to the host nation’s preparations, with some stadiums behind schedule and extra shifts being worked in a push to be ready for the football extravaganza. Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira plunged 35 meters (115 feet) in the early hours while working on the roof of the $200 million, 42,000-seat capacity arena. He was taken to hospital but died before dawn. Brazilian media reported that the 22-year-old fell after a cable broke as he prepared to finish a night shift. The venue is currently 93% complete and has around 1,900 people working around the clock to finish its construction.

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