Companies Continue To Receive Public Funds Despite Serious Safety Lapses
Since October 2008, the Navy and Coast Guard’s seven major private shipbuilders have received more than $100 billion in public money even though they have gotten citations for serious safety lapses that have endangered, injured and, in some cases, killed workers, a Reveal investigation finds.
In Sickness And In Health
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.” (Aden-Buie, 2/10)