Drivers are being urged to take extra care after two bin men were injured in the space of one week.

The first incident happened on Tuesday, February 13 at the junction of St Andrews Way and Dennis Way, Cippenham at 8.30am when as a bin man was hit by a car while guiding a reversing lorry - he was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The second happened on Friday, February 16 at 7.10am, when a bin man in Trelawney Avenue, Langley suffered severe bruising and an injury to his lower leg after being hit while returning a bin to its house. He is expected to be off work for around six to eight weeks.

A statement from Slough Borough Council says the car was travelling 'with part of its windscreen obscured by frost and at some speed'.

Both incidents were captured on the cctv cameras mounted on the new fleet and reported to the police.

Councillor Rob Anderson, lead member for the environment and leisure, said: “Across the country there has been incidents of bin men suffering from others’ lack of care and attention; but two bin men knocked down in Slough in just one week is two too many.

“Not only could this have been much worse and is a personal trauma for the men involved but each incident means a whole crew is taken off the road, sometimes for several hours which has a significant impact on our collections, meaning over-running timetables, other crews rushing and missed bins.”

“I would urge drivers to take care, especially around bin collection vehicles, but also in general; don’t do stupid illegal overtaking manoeuvres just because you are in a rush, clear your windscreen properly in cold weather, don’t drive too quickly and pay attention to what is happening around you.

The bin men have been offered counselling.

A police spokesman said this week that an investigation into the incident in Trelawney Avenue and it was decided no offence had been committed. While an investigation into the St Andrews Way incident was ongoing and witnesses should ring 101 quoting reference 43180052542.