THE Health and Safety executive has launched an investigation into the death of a 50-year-old man following a workplace incident at the Ribena and Lucozade factory in Coleford.

Suntory Beverage & Food GB & I, which operates the factory at High Nash, confirmed there had a been a serious incident at the site on Monday, April 22.

Gloucestershire Police said they had attended the site after a man had been injured during a workplace incident at a unit on Rock Lane.

He was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious injuries but died on April 25.

Carol Robert, Chief Operating Officer, Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I said: “A serious incident occurred in our warehouse at our Coleford manufacturing site on the 22nd of April.

"We are deeply saddened to confirm that this has resulted in the loss of a colleague.  

“We are in close communication with the family of the employee and the whole business extends our sincere condolences at this extremely difficult time. 

“Our thoughts remain with the family of our colleague, and we would also ask that their privacy is respected at this time."

Ms Robert added: "We are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation by the regulator.

"Given that it is very much a live investigation, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time."

A spokesperson for the HSE said: "We are aware of an incident at the Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ltd factory in Coleford on April 22, 2024.

"Sadly, a 50-year-old man has died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

"We will now lead an investigation into what happened alongside Gloucestershire Police.”

Gloucestershire Police added: “"Police were called at 3.50pm on Monday 22 April with a report that a man had been injured during a workplace incident at a unit on Rock Lane in Coleford.

"A man in his 50s, who was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for treatment to serious injuries, died on Thursday, April 25. His next of kin is aware. The incident has been handed over to the HSE to investigate."

Production was paused for several days at the factory following the incident.

The Suntory plant produces one billion bottles per year and employs about 300 people.