A Brazilian labour tribunal ordered construction at The Curitiba Stadium to be suspended on Tuesday following concerns over safety breaches.
In her decision, judge Lorena Colnago expressed concern for the construction workers, who are said to be at “serious risk” of “being buried, run over and of collision, falling from heights and being hit by construction material, among other serious risks”.
UN World Cup consultant Professor Trengrouse does not think the decision will have a major impact on the World Cup: “In the specific case of Curitiba, it’s treated as a stadium on the periphery of the World Cup, because it won’t host the opening or the final matches.ecause of this, it won’t present any huge problems for FIFA which could always relocate the games, that are supposed to be hosted there, to other stadiums within Brazil.”
Despite the court order, Brazilian local television aired images of workers on the job inside the stadium a day later.
Work is already behind schedule at the stadium. Football’s governing body said that all stadia must be ready for delivery in December, with no exceptions.
However, Judge Colnago declared that a new inspection would have to be carried out before construction work could re-start.