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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Report: Manaus workers walk off job

RIO DE JANEIRO -- News reports say construction workers have walked off the job at the World Cup stadium in Brazil's jungle city of Manaus after a worker fell 115 feet to his death.

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The G1 Internet portal said the stoppage has brought all work on the stadium to a halt.

The G1 report cited a labour union representing construction workers as saying the stadium's estimated 1,800 workers walked off the job early Monday to protest safety conditions and what they described as pressure to speed up the project. Amazonas state government officials have denied applying pressure to accelerate the work.

The work stoppage follows a Sunday decision by a Manaus court that froze work in all areas where labourers need to be high above the ground.

On Sunday, public prosecutors said conditions at the Arena Amazonia, in the city of Manaus, were “unacceptably dangerous” and many problems needed to be resolved, Sky News reported.

The public prosecutor's office in Brazil's northern state of Amazonia submitted a 13-page report demanding an "urgent and immediate halt" to work after 22-year-old worker Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira fell 35 metres when a cable broke as he worked on the roofing structure. He died of his injuries in hospital.

Andrade Gutierrez, the company overseeing construction, stopped work on Saturday as a mark of respect.

In November, two people died when a crane collapsed on part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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