The family of a South Yorkshire grandfather is today coming to terms with the shock of being told he had been killed on the night shift at a Sheffield steelworks.
Stuart Stead went to work as usual at HI Quality Steel Castings on Wednesday evening but did not return to his Mexborough home after an accident involving machinery.
Investigations into how 49-year-old Stuart died are ongoing and his family say they have not yet been told much detail about what happened.
Steve Browne, brother of Stuart’s wife, Nancy, who is 58, said last night: “She’s in bits. She’s going to be stopping with family for a while things are sorted out.
“We don’t know when the funeral will be yet but it will be a burial in Mexborough.”
Also grieving are Stuart’s three stepchildren, Tracey, 38, Annette, 36, and Robert, 31, and the couple’s son, Matthew, who is 24, as well as Stuart’s sisters, Janet Bailey and Joan Jackson.
Mr and Mrs Stead had been married more than 25 years. The couple had five grandchildren.
He had worked at HI Quality in Forncet Lane, Sheffield, for only 16 months after previously working as a bus driver for First South Yorkshire and at a foundry on the Carr Hill industrial estate in Balby.
Mr Browne said: “He got laid off from there and was unemployed for a while before he got this job.
“He was a hard worker who just wanted to provide for his family. He was a well-loved person who loved his rock music and was a fan of Def Leppard.
“Stuart was a quiet person and well liked by people who knew him.”
The couple’s neighbours have also been left stunned by his death.
One told The Star: “I saw him only two or three days ago looking at a neighbour’s car with the bonnet up.
“They keep themselves to themselves so we don’t know them well but he was always pleasant when you spoke to him.”
Another neighbour added: “This is terrible for the family, I can’t believe it. This is really bad news.”
South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation into Mr Stead’s death.
His employers have described him as a ‘popular individual’ and said fellow workers were ‘absolutely devastated’ by the tragedy.
Managing director, Robert Radford, said: “HI Quality Steel Castings sincerely regrets to advise that an accident at their Sheffield facility resulted in the death of Stuart Stead.
“The accident is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive and the company to try to determine exactly what happened.
“Obviously our thoughts are with Mr Stead’s family at this terrible time, words are simply not enough at a time like this.”
An inquest is expected to be opened next week.