3rd Worker Dies Building World Cup Stadium

Falls while installing seats; 5 have died at other venues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2014 4:58 PM CDT
In this March 15, 2014 file photo, Brazilian club Corinthians soccer players practice at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

(Newser) – A worker died after falling at the construction site of the stadium that will host Brazil's World Cup opener in Sao Paulo, a hospital said today. Fabio Hamilton da Cruz, whose age was not immediately disclosed, fell about 26 feet while helping install temporary seats at the Itaquerao stadium, construction company Fast Engenharia said in a statement. Firefighters said the worker fell from about 50 feet.

A hospital confirmed the death, saying the worker didn't survive serious head injuries. He was pronounced dead just before he was expected to undergo surgery. The accident comes about four months after two workers died when a crane collapsed at the stadium while hoisting a 500-ton piece of roofing. It was the eighth death at various Brazil World Cup venues so far.

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