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John Williams Jr.’s life changed irrevocably in 2014 when he was involved in a horrific crane accident while working at VT Halter shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Williams, an experienced crane operator, lost a significant portion of his skull, his vision and his independence. He suffered permanent, severe brain damage that left him with the mental capacity of a child. Wanda, his wife of almost 20 years, must now take care of him. Their love remains strong, but they have lost the life and relationship they once knew.

The Williamses consider themselves among “the lucky ones.” Seventy-six workers died in the private shipyard building and repair industry from 2005 to 2015, and hundreds more, such as John Williams, were injured. VT Halter has been fined repeatedly by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious safety lapses, but Williams’ former employer continues to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts from the U.S. government. And despite a jury finding that VT Halter bore the most responsibility for Williams’ accident, the family could not sue the company because of a federal workers’ compensation law.

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Aubrey Aden-Buie is a senior digital producer for Reveal. She’s also a multimedia journalist, reporter and filmmaker. She was named one of the honorees in Cynopsis Media's Top Women in Digital Awards in 2016 for her coverage of what life is like for refugees coming to the United States. Her project “What is Home?," exploring the lives of South Africans living in shacks two decades after the end of apartheid, earned an Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association in 2014. She was a producer on the Romania chapter of “Our Dream,” a documentary highlighting discrimination that Europe’s Roma communities face and working to create conditions for their social inclusion. The video “A Tale of Two Villages” won best director at the Golden Wheel Festival in Skopje, Macedonia. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Mashable, NPR, Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated and the Special Olympics. Aden-Buie graduated from the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University and received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Miami. Before a back injury ended her career, she was a professional soccer player. She is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.