BRASILIA May 9 Electrical work at a World Cup
stadium under construction in the Brazilian city of Cuiaba was
halted until safety precautions were taken, following an
electrical accident that killed a worker, labor authorities said
The labor prosecutor's office in Mato Grosso state said that
Etel Engenharia ,the electrical contractor, must assure safety
conditions for workers before it can resume work at Arena
Muhammad-Ali Maciel Afonso, 32, who worked for the
contractor, died after an electrical accident on Thursday at
Arena Pantanal. Afonso was the eighth worker to die during
construction of twelve arenas that will host games for the
month-long soccer competition.
Builders were scrambling to finish several stadiums on time
before the tournament starts on June 12.
Arena Pantanal, in the heart of Brazil's farm belt, is one
of three delayed World Cup stadiums still being built.
The unfinished stadium held a test match last month, but
workers are still adding seats, wiring and other final touches.
An October fire caused structural damage at the stadium that has
since been repaired.
The 2014 World Cup, the first to be held in Brazil since
1950, has been beset by delays, cost overruns and broken
promises. In addition to the late delivery of stadiums, several
key public transportation projects have been scaled back or
(Reporting by Alonso Soto; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)