This is why you should NEVER stick a gas cannister in your wheelie bin! Moment binman ducks for cover as he's nearly hit by exploding cannister which sails through the air before bouncing along the road

This is the moment a binman was almost hit by an exploding gas cannister.

CCTV footage shows two men dressed in orange hi-vis clearing general waste bins in a close in Slough, Berkshire, on May 14.

After one of the men places a bin in someone's driveway, he turns to meet his colleague who can be seen walking towards him from another house.

The pair then start to walk back towards the bin lorry when a red gas cannister flies through the air.

The workers look up before one of them quickly covers his head with his hands, ducks and runs.

The metal cannister narrowly misses his head.

CCTV footage shows two men dressed in orange hi-vis clearing bins in a close in Slough, Berkshire, on May 14

CCTV footage shows two men dressed in orange hi-vis clearing bins in a close in Slough, Berkshire, on May 14

Suddenly a red gas cannister is seen flying through the air

Suddenly a red gas cannister is seen flying through the air

One of the workers quickly covers his head with his hands and ducks

One of the workers quickly covers his head with his hands and ducks

The metal cannister narrowly misses hitting his head

The metal cannister narrowly misses hitting his head

The workers are seen speaking to each other before one of them carefully places the cannister in an upright position

The workers are seen speaking to each other before one of them carefully places the cannister in an upright position

The cannister bounces and comes to a stop in an empty carparking space.

When the shock wears off, the binmen can be seen speaking to each other before one of them picks the cannister up and carefully places it upright.

Following this terrifying incident, homeowners in Berkshire are being urged to ensure they dispose of rubbish correctly.

Councillor Gurcharan Singh Manku, of Slough Borough Council, said: 'Gas cannisters of any sort should never be placed in a domestic bin and can be disposed of for free at our recycling centre.

'The crew was lucky today as it was only their quick reflexes that saved them from potentially serious injuries.

'I would hate to think of what would have happened if they had not reacted so quickly or if there had been a child or even a local resident nearby who ended up being struck.'

Placing canisters in general waste or mixed recycling bins can result in them exploding at waste facilities or even inside the rubbish collection vehicles.

Both scenarios put waste disposal staff at risk.

Gas canisters mixed with flammable recycling can also become a fire hazard.

The safest way to dispose of a gas cannister is to visit your local recycling centre, as recommended by Slough Borough Council.

You must ensure to remove non-fixed parts before you can deposit it safely.

Bins and rubbish pictured on the streets of Slough. Slough Borough Council recommends that people dispose of their gas cannisters at the local recycling centre

Bins and rubbish pictured on the streets of Slough. Slough Borough Council recommends that people dispose of their gas cannisters at the local recycling centre

Councillor Manku added: 'Putting the wrong things in bins is not only unnecessary but dangerous, not just for our crews but for your friends and neighbours.

'This incident shows just how dangerous it is so I would plead with everyone to think of others' welfare and only put things in their bins that should be in there.'

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