Tragic steelworker found with ‘serious head injury’

Stuart Stead, of Mexborough. Killed at steelworks
Stuart Stead, of Mexborough. Killed at steelworks

A STEELWORKER killed in an industrial accident at a factory in Sheffield ‘suffered a serious head injury’, an inquest heard.

Stuart Stead, aged 49, died at HI Quality Steel Castings on Forncett Street, where he was working the night shift as a fitter and foundry worker.

Opening the inquest into the tragedy, coroner Christopher Dorries said Stuart started his shift as usual at 7pm on March 7, and that he worked at the factory using a routes casting machine.

Reading from a statement given by Stuart’s brother-in-law Steven Brown, Mr Dorries said: “Later that same evening a loud bang was heard within the foundry unit where Mr Stead was working and he was seen to fall to the floor. A work colleague who went to Mr Stead’s assistance noted he appeared to have suffered a serious head injury and emergency services were contacted immediately.”

Police and paramedics attended the scene, and Stuart was pronounced dead at just after 11pm.

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Stuart lived with his family at Hawthorne Crescent, Mexborough. He leaves his wife of 25 years, Nancy, 58, a grown-up son, Matthew, plus three stepchildren and five grandchildren.

The steelworker had been employed by HI Quality Steel Castings for 16 months before his death.

South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation into the death.