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President of São Paulo’s civil industry workers’ association claims supervisor was warned ground was unsafe at Arena Corinthians


Antonio de Sousa Ramalho, the President of São Paulo’s civil industry workers’ association, claims a safety engineer had warned about unstable ground at the Arena Corinthians.

Two workers were killed at the site this week when a giant crane collapsed. 

Ramalho insists the engineer, who is unnamed, told his supervisor that rain had left the ground not stable enough to support a crane and 500-ton section of roofing.

“To his surprise, he was told by the supervisor that nothing was wrong and work should continue,” said Ramalho, as reported by Sports Illustrated. “They discussed the matter for a while but in the end the supervisor’s decision stood.”

Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company building the stadia, denied there was a warning.

“Odebrecht and Sport Club Corinthians clarify that there was no warning previous to the accident,” it said in a statement. The company added that Ramalho’s union does not represent most of the workers involved in the crane operation.”

The Arena Corinthians is one of 12 stadiums that will be used at next summer’s World Cup.


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