Ninth Worker Dies in Stadium Construction in Brazil
A worker who was installing communications equipment at Arena Pantanal in the wetlands of Cuiabá died yesterday while working on the stadium.
32-year-old Muhammad' Ali Maciel Afonso was electrocuted on Thursdays morning on the eastern side of the venue.
Although Arena Pantanal's inauguration has been much delayed, no deaths had hit the group of workers until now. Afonso has become the ninth person to die building Word Cup stadiums in Brazil.
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke sent condolences to the family of Afonso via his official Twitter account.
Saddened by the death of worker Muhammad'Ali Maciel Afonso at Arena Pantanal today. My thoughts are with his family and colleagues.— Jérôme Valcke (@jeromevalcke) May 8, 2014
In an official statement from Secopa MT, the organization body for the tournament in Cuiab, said that paramedics tried to help the worker on site and that the police will open an investigation for this case.
"The Special Secretariat of the World Cup Mato Grosso regrets to inform the death of Muhammad'Ali Maciel Afonso, 32. He was the victim of an accident caused by an electrical discharge on Thursday morning, while working on the 20th level in the eastern sector of the stadium. Ambulance teams and the fire department of the State of Mato Grosso assisted on site, where they went through all resuscitation procedures. Secopa MT send its sympathies to the family of Afonso and will await the work of experts of the technical police, who will investigate the causes of the accident. The MT Secopa regrets the sad episode, which occurred on the eve of the inauguration of the Pantanal Arena and after the entire period of construction there has been no occurrences of other accidents on site."
Previous Deaths for the World Cup Preparation in Brazil
Prior to Afonso's electrocution to death at Arena Pantanal yesterday, three other workers died on site at Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, Four died building Arena Amazônia in Manaus and one life was taken away at Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasília.
The Arena Pantanal will host four matches during the World Cup with Chile vs Australia on June 13, Russia vs South Korea on June 17, Nigeria vs Bosnia on June 21 and Japan vs Colombia on June 24 .