Painful moment The highway worker is knocked down by a piece of metal flying from a passing truck
- He was working on upgrading the M6 in Staffordshire when the metal flew against him
- The metal hit his leg and collapsed on the ground before limping off the road
- The footage was released to urge people to protect objects from their vehicles safely
A dashboard camera filmed a piece of metal falling from an oncoming truck and shooting the leg of a highway worker.
The man was working on upgrading the M6 in Staffordshire when the metal flew against his leg and he collapsed on the ground in pain.
He suffered no serious injuries, but the footage was released as part of the road authority campaign to make sure people were properly attaching items to their vehicles.
A man who was working on the M6 upgrade in Staffordshire was hit by a piece of metal that flew against a truck against his leg
In the photo: the piece of metal that hit the worker. He did not suffer serious injuries, but Highways England warned that objects not properly secured to vehicles are a dangerous problem
After being landed on the ground he manages to get back on his feet and limp off the road in front of the driver who stopped to make sure the worker was fine.
Highway workers have seen all sorts of dangerous things fall on some of the country’s busiest roads, including a sofa, a king-size mattress and even a bicycle.
Articles falling from heavy vehicles can close the streets for hours and are dangerous to the safety of people.
Glenn Lamont, head of the road team, who patrols the roads in Cumbria, said that objects often fall out of vehicles when someone has bought something from social media and is trying to transport it without a trailer.
“I personally took care of roof boxes, bicycles, sofas, roofs of LGV trailers, a domestic oil tank and many other strange objects,” he said.
The most unusual object he encountered was a 40-foot mast from a sailing ship that occupied two entire routes.
Road team manager Rob Frost, who is based in South Yorkshire, said his experience is no different than that of Mr Lamont.
He reported dealing with objects such as fence panels, a canopy, tools, tool boxes and motorcycle bags.
“We had top boxes – the entire contents of a family’s top box were spread across three lanes of the M62 as they were returning from vacation,” said Frost.
Pictured: some barrels and other objects that have fallen out of vehicles before. The motorways of England reported that over 46,000 articles were found on the motorways of England and on the main A roads for ten months
Pictured: a load that has fallen from the back of a truck. Objects falling from vehicles can block the streets for hours and are not safe for people
England’s highways have warned people that they are planning trips to the UK over the summer to make sure their bicycles and roof boxes are securely attached to their vehicles.
They reported that over 46,000 articles were found on British motorways and major A roads for ten months.
They said, “Highways England traffic officers in the region took care of everything from a ship’s mast to the double-glazed door to windows and garden sheds.
‘In addition to leaving owners out of pocket and perhaps without a tent for their camping trip, these items pose a major risk to the safety of other people on the road, including traffic agents who help them clean up. ‘