Two former Sheffield steelworkers who died from mesothelioma could have been exposed to the deadly dust in their former workplace. Now their families are launching an appeal to see if any former colleagues can provide information on the working conditions at the time.

The families of Basil Laycock and Keith Guite have called in specialist lawyers to find out if they were exposed to asbestos while working at Stocksbridge Works British Steel, known as Samuel Fox’s.

Mr Laycock died aged 81 in January last year from mesothelioma, a terminal cancer of the lining of the lung, caused by exposure to asbestos dust decades ago. Mr Guite died aged 81 in April 2013 from the same disease.

Both men worked for the firm for more than 35 years. Former work colleagues are being urged to come forward with information about the presence of potential asbestos at the steel site.

Basil’s daughter Gillian Sharpe, said: “My dad loved life and his death has really hit the family hard.

“It was awful watching him deteriorate so quickly and now, as a family, we need to know how he came to develop this terrible condition.

“Hopefully, those who worked alongside my Dad and Keith at the Stocksbridge Works will remember them and come forward with the information we need to help us understand why their deaths occurred.”

Keith’s wife Carol, 75, said: “Keith and I were married for 51 years, and the manner of his death was devastating to watch for myself and our three children.

“Their deaths raise many unanswered questions. I sincerely hope answers will be forthcoming.”

The steel industry is notorious for its presence of asbestos and in many cases the legacy of these working conditions is only just beginning to surface due to the long latency period of asbestosis and mesothelioma.

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