New safety measures at stadium marked by death

TALES AZZONI (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated PressApril 1, 2014
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FILE - In this March 15, 2014 file photo, Brazilian club Corinthians soccer players practice at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A construction company says one of its workers has been seriously injured at the site of the Itaquerao stadium that will host Brazil's World Cup opener. Fast Engenharia says in a statement that the worker fell about 26 feet (8 meters) while helping install temporary seats at the stadium. The accident comes about four months after two workers died when a crane collapsed at the stadium. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian organizers are adding safety devices to the stadium hosting the World Cup opener, hoping to quickly reverse an order that halted construction in part of the venue.

The addition of safety rails Tuesday came a day after labor officials said the installation of 20,000 temporary seats at Itaquerao Stadium could not continue until safety was addressed. A 23-year-old worker died Saturday after falling from about 26 feet while installing seats needed for the opener.

Fast Engenharia, the company in charge of the temporary structures, was yet to release information about a new construction timetable for the already delayed stadium. Company officials were expected to meet with labor authorities later Tuesday.

Before the accident, FIFA expected the venue to be ready about a month ahead of the June 12 opener between Brazil and Croatia.