Timeline of deaths, accidents at Brazil's World Cup stadiums

(Reuters) - Stadium construction in Brazil for this year’s World Cup soccer tournament has been plagued by accidents, cost overruns and delays.

Smoke billows from the partially-constructed Arena Pantanal soccer stadium, projected to host 2014 World Cup matches, from a fire in the base of the structure, in Cuiaba October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Raphael Joanucci

Eight people have died during the building or refurbishing of the 12 venues scheduled to host the month-long tournament, which start June 12.

The following is a chronology of the major accidents and deaths in the lead up to the World Cup:

June 11, 2012: A builder falls to his death during construction of the World Cup stadium in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital.

March 28, 2013: A worker dies after a fall at the stadium site in Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas.

Oct 25, 2013: A fire breaks out in the foundations of the stadium site in Cuiabá, the capital of the central western state of Mato Grosso.

Nov 27, 2013: Two workers die when a crane collapses at the São Paulo stadium scheduled to host the World Cup opener.

Dec 14, 2013: Another worker falls to his death at the Manaus stadium.

Feb 7, 2014: A third worker dies at the Manaus stadium from head and chest injuries suffered while dismantling a crane.

March 29, 2014: A worker falls to his death while installing floors on the temporary stands being added to the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo for the World Cup opener.

May 8, 2014: A worker is killed by an electrical shock while installing a telecommunications network at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá.

Compiled by Todd Benson