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Report: Brazil crane operator worked 18 days

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Report: Brazil crane operator worked 18 days
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This Oct. 22, 2013 photo released by Portal da Copa 2014, shows an aerial view of the Itaquerao stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Part of the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in Brazil next year, collapsed Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Delfim Martins-Portal da Copa 2014)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A news report cites a Sao Paulo state Labor Ministry official as saying the man who operated the crane that collapsed at the city's World Cup stadium had worked 18 days in a row.

Two construction workers were killed in the Nov. 27 accident, which remains under investigation.

G1 Internet portal quotes the ministry's regional superintendent Luis Antonio Medeiros as saying time cards showed the crane operator at the Arena Corinthians stadium ''was 18 days without any break.''

Medeiros said there wasn't necessarily a cause and effect relationship between the accident and the operator's string of workdays. But, he added, ''We think that's exhausting for someone who works such a delicate machine.''

Brazil is under pressure to finish the stadiums around the country well before the tournament begins in June.

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