A refuse collector for waste collection company OZO has died after becoming trapped in the back of a waste disposal truck in Dublin last night.

The man was working in the Grand Canal Street area of the city when the incident happened at about 11pm.

It is understood he was part of a two-man team from OZO Collect & Recycle, collecting refuse from commercial premises.

While his colleague was down in a basement gathering bins, he was emptying others into the lorry.

What happened next is unclear, but it is believed a passing member of the public heard shouting coming from inside the waste storage area of the vehicle.

They immediately hit the emergency stop button and called the emergency services.

Fire crews from Tara Street used specialist equipment to free the man from the back of the truck.

The man, who gardaí said was 56, was taken to St James's Hospital, where he later died. He is believed to have been a Polish national.

The truck driver was treated for shock.

OZO confirmed the "sudden and tragic loss" of one of its employees.

It said: "It is with heartbroken regret that we make this announcement on behalf of all his friends and colleagues alike here at the company."

The company said that due to the "unforeseen tragedy" it was not "in a position to provide our normal service at this moment in time".

The Health and Safety Authority has begun an investigation into the incident.