Brazil Faces Setbacks for World Cup Stadium

Dangerous conditions force construction freeze on a World Cup stadium.

View of the Arena da Baixada, taken Oct. 25, 2012, which will host four matches of the first stage of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, in Curitiba, Brazil.
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Brazil's hopes for a flawless World Cup faced a setback on Wednesday, as a judge ordered construction on one of the stadiums be suspended until further inspection.

The Arena da Baixada, a soccer stadium in the city of Curitiba, was being refurbished for the Brazil-hosted 2014 World Cup. However, Judge Lorena Colnago, from Brazil's labor tribunal, found conditions for construction workers who were updating the stadiumwere subpar and dangerous.

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"Countless infractions have been committed, in various stages of the building process," she told the BBC.

Colnago said workers were at risk of "being buried, run over, falling from heights and being hit by construction material, among other serious risks."

A meeting between the stadium's construction company, CAP/SA , and court inspectors is expected to take place Friday, a Labor Court press representative told CNN. Arrangements to move construction along are expected to be agreed upon at the meeting.

The stadium refurbishment is already behind schedule, forcing the venue to delay plans of adding a retractable roof until after the tournament.

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FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has ordered the completion of all stadiums by December 2013, leaving little time to complete construction on the 12 stadiums Brazil plans to use for the games.

This setback comes a week after news of poor conditions for construction workers expanding the Sao Paulo, Brazil airport. "Slave-like conditions" were endured by more than 100 workers laboring at the airport, according to a report by the Labor attorney general's office.

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