Eighth World Cup Construction Worker Dies Just Weeks Before Opening Match

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Another construction accident at a World Cup stadium in Brazil has claimed the life of a worker, with the competition now just five weeks away from starting. Muhammad Ali Maciel, who died of cardiorespiratory arrest after an electrical shock while working on a construction site, is the eighth person to die in a fatal accident whilst preparing for the upcoming soccer tournament, reports Adriana Gomez Licon at the Associated Press. Maciel was working for Etel Engenharia, a company responsible for setting up communication networks at the Arena Pantanal, the stadium located in the western wetlands city of Cuiaba.

The World Cup is set to begin on June 12, but workers are still scrambling to get everything ready in time. Arena Pantanal is one of the most-delayed stadiums and is still missing seats due to a delivery problem. (Two other stadiums have also not finished construction yet.) 

Maciel was apparently wearing safety equipment when he died, but he now joins a growing list of fatalities. The eight deaths include a worker in 2012 at the stadium in Brasilia, the capital, and three workers who died in two separate accidents at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo. But there plenty other problems looming over Brazil's host bid.  Last week, a football fan was killed by a flying toilet bowl during a brawl at a second-division match, and there has been continuing violence in many poor urban neighborhoods, as Brazilian police forcibly remove residents from their homes in the country's favelas before hundreds of thousands of foreign soccer fans arrive.

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