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Workplace safety tip: Don’t use employees as tie-Downs

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Two Fort Worth construction workers found out the hard way that sitting on plywood in the back of a moving pickup truck won’t keep the plywood from flying away.

While traveling to a work site, the plywood and the workers “sailed out of the pickup” and landed on the road, Fort Worth police Lt. Kent Worley told the Dallas Morning News.

Both men suffered serious injuries. Police blamed a gust of wind. According to Worley, the men thought their weight would hold down the plywood. “They just don’t understand aerodynamics,” he said.

The last word goes to Fort Worth police Lt. Dean Sullivan: “You’re not really supposed to secure your load with persons. It is ill-advised.”  

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