A man who died in an accident at an animal food processing plant has been described as a "truly genuine person" with a "bubbly and infectious personality".
David Leslie died on his 49th birthday at East Coast Viners in Drumlithie village, near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, on Monday morning.
The family of Mr Leslie, a farmer from the Balmedie area, said he could always be relied upon to brighten their day and would be sadly missed by many.
In a statement issued through Grampian Police, they said: "David enjoyed farming. He was very knowledgeable and kept accurate records on his computer. He was very kind to animals.
"David was a truly genuine person who had a bubbly and infectious personality. He normally had a smile on his face and could always be relied upon to brighten your day.
"He enjoyed hillwalking, photography and music. But he particularly enjoyed meeting and helping people. David could always be asked to help or would be the first to volunteer his services. David could do 'anything' and did it competently and well.
"David died tragically at the mill on March 18. His family and many friends are devastated at David's death and are finding it hard to come to terms with his untimely death on the day of his 49th birthday.
"David will be sadly missed by many."
Emergency services were called to the site at around 10.15am on Monday. Mr Leslie died at the scene.
Grampian Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the accident. The force said a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal, as is normal in such circumstances.