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Worker Killed at Zenit Stadium Site

12:41 04.03.2013 (Last updated 12:45 04.03.2013)

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MOSCOW, March 4 (R-Sport) - A builder has been killed after a piece of metal fell on him at Zenit St. Petersburg’s new stadium, investigators said Monday.

The unnamed man is the third worker to die at a World Cup 2018 arena in the last six months.

“According to preliminary findings, during the undertaking of work to lift a fitting, a break occurred in the securing rope, as a result of which the fitting fell on the deceased, whereby the aforementioned man died,” investigators said in a statement.

The man died at the scene, investigators said. There was no word on his identity.

Investigators said the incident took place Saturday and provided no reason for why it was not made public until Monday.

They are now looking into whether a crime was committed in connection with the man’s death.

In November, a 25-year-old construction worker was killed at the site of the future World Cup stadium in Kazan when a crane collapsed, and in October a 48-year-old builder died in a fall while working on Spartak Moscow’s new stadium, also a 2018 venue.

The arena was originally due to open in 2008 and could surpass London’s Wembley for the title of the most expensive football stadium in history after estimated costs rose to $1.3 billion.

It is officially scheduled to open next year, but Zenit's general director Maxim Mitrofanov told R-Sport in January that "there is not a single indication that the stadium will be built in the specified time."

The outer shell of the building has not yet been completed and a retractable roof must also be installed.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in September the drawn-out construction "looks disgraceful," and city governor Georgy Poltavchenko appealed a month later for football fans to help build the stadium as volunteers.

The arena is also at the center of a fraud probe being carried out by St. Petersburg prosecutors.

The stadium was designed to look like a spaceship by Japanese architect Kisho Kurosawa, who died in 2007.

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