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Does this look dangerous to you? The terrifying conditions faced by World Cup builders

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The deaths of workers building the stadiums for the 2014 World Cup have shocked football fans around the world - but it's not until you see images such as this one that you realise just how hairy life is for the construction workers tasked with getting the nation ready for the world's greatest football tournament.

The fearless builders are pictured here building the Arena Amazônia in Manaus, the extraordinary city in the heart of the Amazon basin where England will open their World Cup campaign against Italy on June 14.

These men work through the heat of the day in temperatures up to 40 degrees and extreme humidity - while afternoon thunderstorms can come lashing down with very little notice, making the steel girders lethally slippery.

Tragically, this site witnessed the death of a worker over the weekend when a man fell 115ft from one of the steel girders that make up the structure of the roof. Local authorities have halted work on the stadium until a full safety review has been ordered - while the company responsible for the construction is also under fire after it emerged that workers have had to go on strike for three days after their wages went unpaid.

The idea that men have had to die to put on a football tournament is inhumanly awful; at least now, though, with the eyes of the world now closely examining the conditions for workers in Brazil, something finally looks like it's being done to protect the men building the venues.


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