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.
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.
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.
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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.