Brazilian worker dies at World Cup opener stadium

Fábio Hamilton da Cruz died this Saturday (29) after a fall at the Itaquerão stadium in São Paulo, Brazil, where the opening match of FIFA’s World Cup will kick off on June 12.

The Itaquerão Stadium in São Paulo is not yet ready for the World Cup.
The Itaquerão Stadium in São Paulo is not yet ready for the World Cup. Photo by DDG Arquitetura

São Paulo Firefighters said the worker fell from about 15 meters, but his employers stated the fall was from 8 meters.

Fabio Cruz was working on the installation of seats on the south side of the stadium when he fell.

Engineering firm Fast Engenharia said in a press statement that Cruz was promptly taken to hospital after the accident, but didn’t resist head injuries and was pronounced dead before undergoing surgery.

Construction at the stadium was already behind schedule because of the damage caused by an accident last November that killed two workers.

FIFA said it was expecting the venue to be finished in mid-May, about a month before the June 12 opener, but it wasn’t clear if Saturday’s incident would prompt further delays.

Jerome Valcke, head of FIFA, said on Twitter:

Deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a worker at Arena Sao Paulo today. My thoughts and condolences are with his family and colleagues.

It was the eighth death at World Cup venues so far.

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