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Settlement Reached In Suit Filed By St. Paul Sewer Worker's Family

Star Tribune, by Pat PheiferMarch 09, 2009

The city of St. Paul and a consulting firm were sued after a worker was swept away during a sudden downpour.

It was a quiet courtroom Monday when a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the heirs and next-of-kin of Joe Harlow was officially settled.

Harlow, 34, was one of two sewer workers swept to his death when a sudden downpour flooded the St. Paul sewer system on July 26, 2007.  Harlow and Dave Yasis, 23, the other victim, were employed by Lametti & Sons of Hugo, which did the actual sewer rehabilitation work.

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Family of Worker Killed in St. Paul Sewer Sues

Star Tribune, by Anthony LonetreeJanuary 11, 2008

Joe Harlow, who drowned with Dave Yasis in a downpour last July, was wrongly put in a dangerous situation.

The family of one of the two sewer workers who died in July after being swept from St. Paul's storm tunnels into the Mississippi River has filed a wrongful-death suit against the city and the firm hired to oversee work in the tunnels.

Joe Harlow and Dave Yasis were killed when a sudden downpour swept them away before they could climb up a sewer shaft in the Frogtown neighborhood.

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Worker Falls 30 Feet At Construction Site

Star Tribune, by Jim WalshFebruary 19, 2000

Harry Sieben, said of his client: "She was crying when I told her, because she had not expected to win."

A Hennepin County jury awarded nearly $800,000 this week to a woman who fell through the floor of the new Science Museum of Minnesota when it was under construction in 1998.

The project's general contractor was ordered to pay damages to Fe' E. Clardy. She was sweeping up debris on a plywood floor covering a hole when she plunged through the hole and fell 30 feet. She suffered a head injury, fractured pelvis, broken jaw and a broken foot.

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