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John Williams Jr., of Irvington, Alabama, lost his eyesight and part of his skull in a June 2014 crane accident at VT Halter’s Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard. Reveal's investigation of dangerous Navy shipbuilders has sparked a new law that requires a federal review of defense contractors' safety practices.

Credit: Julie Dermansky for Reveal

Navy, Coast Guard continue awarding contracts to VT Halter despite safety lapses