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The Brazil­ian govern­ment halted work on two tem­po­rary tri­bunes for Sao Paulo’s World Cup sta­dium af­ter the death of an­other con­struc­tion worker, me­dia re­ports said. A new in­spec­tion of the Corinthi­ans club sta­dium to be used for the World Cup open­ing match be­tween Brazil and Croa­tia on June 12 was sched­uled for this week.

Ac­cord­ing to AFP re­ports, the worker died Satur­day af­ter an eight me­tre (26 feet) fall. Three work­ers have now been killed dur­ing the Sao Paulo con­struc­tion and seven in World Cup work across Brazil.

Ac­cord­ing to press re­ports, the man who died Satur­day may not have been wear­ing safety equip­ment but his em­ploy­ers have de­nied this.

The re­gional labour depart­ment or­dered con­struc­tion work halted on the two tem­po­rary tri­bunes un­til the com­pany car­ry­ing out the work in­stalls safety nets.

The two tri­bunes have a ca­pac­ity of 20,000 people and the Brazil­ian or­gan­is­ers are rac­ing to get the sta­dium ready on time.

Fast En­gen­haria, the com­pany car­ry­ing out the con­struc­tion, said in a state­ment to the G1 news web­site it would carry out a tech­ni­cal in­spec­tion Tues­day be­fore mak­ing any com­ment on the im­pact of the lat­est ac­ci­dent.

FIFA has al­ready ex­tended the dead­line once for Sao Paulo. It is now sched­uled for de­liv­ery in midApril, though or­gan­is­ers ad­mit the work will not be com­pletely fin­ished.

FIFA Pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter said last week that the sta­dium would be ready for the open­ing match.

In Novem­ber, two work­ers were killed at the Corinthi­ans sta­dium when a crane fell.

Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties are also wran­gling over who will pay an es­ti­mated 26 mil­lion dol­lars for tem­po­rary tri­bunes in World Cup sta­di­ums.

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