Painful moment M6 worker wiped out by a piece of metal flying off passing lorry in Staffordshire

This was the moment a motorway worker was knocked down by a piece of metal on the M6 in Staffordshire. A dashboard camera filmed the falling off an oncoming lorry and shooting into a man's leg as he carries out maintenance. He had been working on upgrading the M6 close to junction 16 when the missile hit him and he collapsed to the ground in pain.

After being knocked over, he manages to get onto his feet and hobble off the road in front of the driver who had stopped to make sure he was okay. Luckily the worker escaped serious injury. The shocking footage was released as part of the road authority's campaign to make sure people secure items to their vehicles correctly.

The piece of metal that hit the worker

Workers on the motorway have seen all sorts of dangerous things fall onto some of the country's busiest roads including a sofa, a king-size mattress and even a bike.    

Items that fall off of heavy goods vehicles can close down roads for hours and are dangerous for people's safety. In total, more than 46,000 items were found on roads over a 10-month period.

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A Highways England spokesman said: "Camera footage captured the moment a piece of metal struck a road worker on the M6 after it came off a passing HGV and hit his leg. "He was working on the central reservation as part of the upgrade of the motorway between junctions 13 and 15 in Staffordshire when hurt.

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

"Highways England traffic officers in the region have dealt with everything from a ship's mast and double-glazed door to windows and garden sheds.

Highways England are appealing for drivers to make sure items are secured to their vehicles properly before setting off on major roads

"With the summer staycation fast approaching, there will be many more drivers with loads such as bikes and roof boxes strapped to their vehicles.

"So today Highways England is urging all drivers to make sure their loads are safely secured before they set off.

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"Apart from leaving the owners out of pocket and maybe without a tent for their camping trip, these items pose a big safety risk for other people on the road including the traffic officers who help clear them up."

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