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Eighth worker dies during construction of World Cup stadium in Brazil

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With only five weeks to go before the opening of the FIFA World Cup Games in Brazil, another worker has died during construction of one of the stadiums, according to the Huffington Post on Thursday evening.

Officials say that 32-year old Muhammad´Ali Maciel Afonso died after being hit with an electrical discharge while working on level 20 of Arena Pantanal in the western city of Cuiaba. The head of emergency services in the western state of Mato Grosso, Rosenil Moraes, confirmed that the worker had received an electrical shock and died a half hour later of cardiorespiratory arrest.

This is just the latest in a string of accidents that have tarnished the World Cup preparations in Brazil. Arena Pantanal is one of three of the 12 World Cup stadiums still to be completed before the opening match on June 12. There are still thousands of seats to be installed in Arena Pantanal, as well as other work to be done.

Afonso worked for Etel Engineering. The company is setting up the information and communication network at the stadium. The company has not issued a statement on their employee's death, saying they need to gather more information. The incident is being investigated by local police.

Jerome Valcke, secretary general of football's world governing body Fifa, said on Twitter: "Saddened by the death of worker Muhammad'Ali Maciel Afonso at Arena Pantanal today. My thoughts are with his family and colleagues."

The accident in Cuiaba took place just a few hours before President Dilma Rouseff was to begin a tour of a stadium still under construction in Sao Paulo, hoping to ease fears over the delays that have been plaguing the construction efforts.

In March, a construction worker fell 25 feet to his death at the Sao Paulo stadium, and in November of 2013, two workers died when a crane collapsed at the same stadium.

In February, a Portuguese worker at Arena Amazonia, in Manaus was trying to disassemble a crane and was killed when part of the machine hit him on the head. He was the third person to be killed at the Manaus site.

In 2012, a construction worker was killed at the Mane Garrincha stadium in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.

Arena Pantanal was the site of an electrical fire in October, and the damage was originally said to be minor. But that was before it was discovered there was some structural damage. This latest death is a sobering reminder of the human cost behind many of these world events.



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