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“?