58-year-old Michael “Spike” Lewis was "loved by everyone", while the death of 64-year-old Gareth Delbridge was described as "tragic".
Two men were struck by a passenger train in south Wales while working on tracks.
Locals reported their houses shook with the force of a blast.
"We face a systematic industrial massacre" said the EU's Industry Commissioner, Antonio Tajani in September 2013. Over the last year his prediction has come true. The UK's steel industry is on its last legs, deprived of oxygen, gasping for air.
We are now paying double the price for the crisis: the government's conduct has severely damaged the prospects for the steel sector; and it has also severely damaged the prospect for the EU referendum. The simple, unadulterated truth is that the EU has been trying hard to be part of the solution for UK steel. The government has been consistently part of the problem.
Kinnock has shown he is an internationalist who can think local - someone who can consider the big, extensional issues of politics and society and also get stuck in to the nitty-gritty of constituency problems. Amid an unstable Labour Party, and questions over who could be the next leader, don't be surprised if his name is in the frame in the not too distant future.
When the prime minister assures the 40,000 families in and around Port Talbot whose livelihoods are threatened by the threatened closure of the Tata-owned steel works that the government is doing everything it can to safeguard their interests, my reaction is: really? Is that why UK steel companies say they are paying up to seven times more in business rates than their European competitors? Or why their energy costs are about 80% higher than the European average?
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Time is now of the essence. And the Prime Minister's reluctance to contemplate public ownership shows yet again a government putting misguided ideology above practical support for an industry - and communities - in need.
Banks were saved at massive cost when they faced difficult times and it was said to be in our economic interest. Steel has a huge impact on our manufacturing base in terms of production and employment, and the wider effect of a wave of closures would devastate supply chains as well as local and regional economies - not to mention the people and communities who rely on them. So we cannot turn our backs on them in their hour of need. The government must act now.