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Brazil World Cup Stadium Worker Killed
A worker at one of the World Cup venues where England will play has been killed in an accident.
It is understood Antonio Jose Pita Martins, 55, was dismantling scaffolding on the outskirts of the stadium in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus when he was hit on the head by a metal shaft.
Officials in charge of the city's preparations said it was in the area of a crane that was being used to install the roof of the Arena Amazonia.
Mr Martins was rushed to a nearby hospital, 28 de Agosto, where he was stabilised and later transferred to the Joao Lucio hospital
It was there where he died of his injuries during emergency surgery.
Mr Martins had been working at the site since January 11.
He had been hired by third parties to help speed the completion of the delayed World Cup stadium.
The stadium has not yet commented on the accident, but said it is offering Mr Martins' family full support while investigating the cause of the accident. An investigative team is at the site.
The Arena Amazonia should have been completed in December, according to Fifa's original deadline.
World Cup coordinator Miguel Capobiango said the accident would not delay the work in any way as the scaffolding was just outside the stadium in the Sambodromo next to it.
It is the third death of a worker in or near the Manaus stadium.
Raimundo Nonato Lima Costa died after falling five metres on March 28 last year, while trying to go from one column to another.
The second death occurred on December 14 when 22-year-old Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira fell 40 metres when he was working on an overhead installation.
Three more have died at other stadiums.
One worker has been killed in Brasilia and while two people died in Sao Paulo after a crane collapsed at the stadium which will to host the opening game on June 12.
Other preparations for the World Cup have been plagued by delays, accidents and overruns.
Manaus, located at the heart of the Amazon rain forest, will host four games, including the encounter between England and Italy, during which players will have to endure tropical temperatures and 100% humidity.
It will also stage the United States vs Portugal, Cameroon vs Croatia and Honduras vs Switzerland games.
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