GoFundMe campaign launched for families of two SaskPower employees killed in Weyburn accident

A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the families of Scott Bill and Cole Crooks – the two SaskPower employees who died in a workplace accident Thursday in Weyburn.

The money raised will go to the families of the two men, who worked as linsemen for the Crown corporation.

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“Both Scott and Cole worked for SaskPower and will be missed dearly,” the page states.

Allen Stanicki started the fundraiser. 

You can visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/scott-bill-and-cole-crooks-from-weyburn to support the campaign.

As of Saturday at 4:40 p.m., it had raised $25,025, with 225 donors. The initial goal was $2,000.

A tribute has also started to appear in Weyburn, according to the Weyburn Review.

A worn-out pair of work boots appeared at the base of a power pole at the corner of Government Road and Sixth Avenue SE in Weyburn, and over the weekend grew into a memorial site in tribute of the two men.

The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. Thursday when they fell from a bucket truck. Weyburn Police and Weyburn EMS responded to the scene and found Bill, 51, had been killed, and Crooks, 40, was badly injured. He was taken to the Weyburn General Hospital and shortly after died of his injuries.

The Weyburn Police Service is working in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service and Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety as they continue their investigation into this tragic matter.

In a statement issued on Saturday, SaskPower president and CEO Mike Marsh said, “It is with profound sadness that we learned of a workplace incident on Thursday that resulted in the deaths of two of our SaskPower employees. Scott Bill and Cole Crooks worked as powerline technicians on the Weyburn construction crew and their work took them to many communities in southern Saskatchewan.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we acknowledge them for their service and dedication to SaskPower and to our customers across the province. This terrible loss of members of our SaskPower family and of the Weyburn community, is deeply felt by us all.

“On behalf of the entire executive team and Board of Directors at SaskPower, our heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathies go out to their families, friends and to all their co-workers in this difficult time.”

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