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Another World Cup construction death in Brazil

By CNN Staff
updated 5:05 AM EST, Sun December 15, 2013
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(CNN) -- A construction worker in Brazil died early Saturday after falling off the roof of the World Cup stadium in the Amazonian city of Manaus.

Five workers have died on construction sites of World Cup stadiums under construction in Brazil, hosts of next year's international soccer tournament.

The worker, identified as Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, fell 35 meters from the roofing structure and was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.

"The Sports Ministry laments the accident that lead to the death of the worker Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira at the construction site at the Arena Amazonia at dawn this Saturday in Manaus," Brazil's sports minister, Aldo Rebelo, said in a statement. "Personally and in the name of the federal government, I express the deepest regret and solidarity with the family and friends of the worker."

The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez, said: "We deeply regret the accident occurred and we are providing full assistance to the working-class family." The company said it has opened an internal investigation into the cause of the accident.

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CNN's Shasta Darlington and Barbara Arvanitidis contributed to this report.

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