An investigation has been launched following the death of a night shift worker at a Redruth plastics factory.

The 54-year-old man died after sustaining injuries at the Contico Europe factory on the Cardrew Industrial Estate in the early hours of Friday.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a government body that protects people against risks at work has launched an investigation.

An HSE spokesperson confirmed investigators had visited the factory on Monday, June 2.

Unable to give details on what exactly would be looked at, she said: "It very much depends on what is found."

The man, believed to be living alone in Camborne, was working at the factory at around 4.30am as part of the night shift when he suffered serious injuries.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene after fellow night shift workers found the injured man.

His next of kin have been informed, along with the coroner, however the employee's name has not been released.

A police spokesman said they are not treating the death as suspicious and that they were working closely with the HSE.

A spokesperson from the coroner's office said no decisions had been made on identification, autopsy or any other aspect of the case yet.

The company, which makes plastic products for the cleaning and janitorial markets, opened in Redruth 20 years ago and employs around 100 people.

A notice strung on the padlocked gates of the factory on Friday said following the incident it had closed for the day and no deliveries could be made until Monday, June 2, when it reopened.

A spokesman from the company said everyone had been left shocked and saddened by the incident and deeply regretted the tragic loss.

He added their thoughts were with the man's family and friends and the company was co-operating with a full investigation into the incident.