Five weeks before World Cup, Brazil’s stadium worker death toll hits 8

The opening game of the 2014 World Cup is five weeks from yesterday, and … seriously? Again?

A worker at a World Cup stadium in Brazil died Thursday in an electrical accident, temporarily interrupting construction at one of the most-delayed venues only five weeks before the soccer tournament.

Rosenil Moraes, head of emergency services in the western state of Mato Grosso, said the construction worker received an electric shock at the site of Arena Pantanal in the wetlands city of Cuiaba. He died more than half an hour later of a cardiorespiratory arrest. Officials were not clear on what caused the accident.

That makes eight deaths so far of workers on World Cup venues, which actually could be a lot worse, considering the projections that 4,000 workers will die building facilities for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. Not that eight deaths is a good thing.

The Brazilian government insists that all World Cup stadiums will open on schedule, because what else are they going to say? “Hey, at least this time it didn’t catch fire“?

3 comments on “Five weeks before World Cup, Brazil’s stadium worker death toll hits 8

  1. The corruption in FIFA is beyond the pale. Just a sad coincidence that Albert Speer Jr’s company is building venues in Qatar. I wonder what his father would say.

  2. IOC is getting nervous 2 years out, no matter what their p.r. spin sez…]
    A lot of what will happen will hinge on what Comcast/NBC wants to do since they are cutting the largest check for these games.

  3. The IOC is always nervous. They cannot really do anything except issue press releases stating their nervousness, since the organizing committees control the construction and not the IOC.

    Also the contengcy planning for moving the games is actually fairly standard. The same sorts of reports came out for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when it leaked that FIFA was prepping the former host Germany to host in case something went wrong. They like to keep it quiet though to prevent stories like that since it just gets everyone wound up.

    My guess though is that unless the host asks for it to be moved it won’t be (and it would pretty much take an act of god to move it). The contractional obligations of the IOC to the host would be ugly to try and unwind.