New safety measures at stadium marked by death

AP News
Posted: Apr 01, 2014 2:56 PM
New safety measures at stadium marked by death

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian organizers are adding safety devices to the stadium hosting the World Cup opener, hoping to quickly reverse an order that halted construction in part of the venue.

The addition of safety rails Tuesday came a day after labor officials said the installation of 20,000 temporary seats at Itaquerao Stadium could not continue until safety was addressed. A 23-year-old worker died Saturday after falling from about 26 feet while installing seats needed for the opener.

Fast Engenharia, the company in charge of the temporary structures, was yet to release information about a new construction timetable for the already delayed stadium. Company officials were expected to meet with labor authorities later Tuesday.

Before the accident, FIFA expected the venue to be ready about a month ahead of the June 12 opener between Brazil and Croatia.