April 30, 2013, started like any other day for Danny Brock. Like each day before, he woke up, drove to work, and clocked in. A few hours later, he looked down to see his thumb completely detached from his hand, barely hanging on by the skin. When the injury occurred, Brock was following direct orders from his supervisor, Mark Edwards. Citing safety concerns, Brock opposed the request. But Edwards demanded that Brock proceed. Fearing loss of employment, Brock did as he was told. As predicted, injury ensued. Within seconds, Brock’s hand was crushed. Brock underwent three surgeries and sustained permanent nerve and structural damage to his hand. Today, Brock still suffers from chronic pain and is permanently restricted from doing any heavy labor.

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