Watch as M6 worker knocked over by metal from passing lorry

Shocking footage shows the moment am M6 roadworker was knocked from his feet by a piece of metal that flew off a passing lorry. The metal hit him in the leg and sent him crashing to the ground while he was working on the central reservation as part of the motorway upgrade between junctions 13 and 15 in Staffordshire. The clip, which can be viewed above , shows the worker writhing in pain in the aftermath of the incident before he gets up and limps to safety.

Fortunately he did not suffer any serious injuries or broken bones.

The worker was knocked off his feet

Highways England released the video to highlight the dangers unsecured loads can cause as it urged motorists to check before they travel. More than 46,000 obstructions were found on England's motorways and major A roads between June 2019 and April 2020, of which 10,187 were in the Midlands. The most items dropped on motorways were building or construction materials. Vehicle parts or accessories came second, followed by household or garden items.

The RAC, Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association have all supported Highways England's calls for drivers to check their vehicles, trailers and loads before setting off on journeys.

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Ben Aldous, RAC patrol of the year, said: "Just a few minutes spent making sure things like bikes, roofboxes and caravans are completely secure, and then double-checking them can make the difference between a trouble-free journey and one that puts people's lives at risk as well as causes long delays for other travellers. "We'd ask everyone checks loads at the same time as looking at things like tyre tread and pressure, and oil and coolant levels. "The more care drivers take before setting out, the smoother their journeys."

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Chris Yarsley, policy manager from the Freight Transport Association, added: "Paying close attention to load security must be a primary concern for all drivers using our roads and we would advise the public to check their vehicles closely before departure, in the same way that logistics operators conduct a daily walk round check before starting work to ensure everything is safe and secure.

"Transporting a secure load not only keeps others on the road safe but also ensures that vehicles and loads arrive on time, without incident, which is the primary aim of all our members and their customers."

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