After recent deaths of stadium workers, FIFA’s Jérôme Valcke says safety is top priority
FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke has insisted that no compromises have been made when it comes to safety and security despite deadlines for the completion of several World Cup stadiums edging closer.
Three workers have died in the past month and safety is the “top priority” said Valcke in his monthly FIFA column.
“With all deadlines in mind, there will, and have not been any compromises in terms of safety and security – a matter which is always top priority for workers, players and fans equally.”
A worker died whilst working on a roofing structure last Saturday in the city of Manaus and two other workers died in November when a crane collapsed.
That incident was at the stadium in São Paulo, which will host the World Cup opener against Croatia on June 12.
Six stadiums were completed for the Confederation Cup and FIFA requested that the final six stadiums be delivered by the end of this year but they will not be ready and due to the recent accidents more delays are expected.
Test events are meant to occur in April but at least one stadium won’t be done in time, although Vackle believes the other five stadiums will be ready for the required tests.
“All the other five will have hosted the first of at least three events within the first three months of 2014.”