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Work resumes at World Cup arena hit by deaths

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (BDCi) — Construction work resumed on Monday at a Sao Paulo stadium that will host next year’s World Cup opener, five days after an accident left two dead.

Two workers were killed on Wednesday when a crane collapsed at the stadium, raising fresh doubts about Brazil’s ability to finish work for the tournament on schedule.

Globo television showed a priest leading workers in prayer before they resumed work.

“It’s good to get back to work but at the same time it is difficult because of the deaths of our colleagues. It is very sad,” said one worker, 40-year-old Jose Viana da Silva.

Despite Monday’s resumption, some 30 percent of outstanding work at the stadium remain on hold owing to an investigation into the tragedy.

A crane collapsed onto a section of the stands as workers were using it to lift a final 420-ton metallic segment to the top of the roof.

Debris from the accident at the 404-million stadium will be cleared this week allowing contractor Odebrecht to confirm the actual structure is still intact.

Sao Paulo, which has already been running some 45 days behind schedule, now faces a race against the clock to meet world football governing body FIFA’s deadline of all 12 host stadiums to be completed by December 31.

Source: yahoo sports singapore

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