One worker dead, one injured after bucket truck tips over in Hawkesbury, Ont.

A small memorial in the Hawkesbury, Ont. parking lot where Charles Sproule, 71, died when the bucket truck he was working in tipped over on May 31, 2021. (Dave Charbonneau / CTV News Ottawa)

One worker is dead and another is injured after the bucket truck they were working in while changing lights in a Hawkesbury, Ont. parking lot tipped over.

The Minstry of Labour has assigned an inspector to the investigation into this fatal workplace incident.

"Two workers were changing the lights in the parking lot using a bucket truck when it tipped over injuring one worker and fatally injuring the second worker," a ministry spokesperson said in a statement to CTV News Ottawa. "It was reported the employer for the injured worker is Stewart Electric and the employer for the deceased worker is Sproule Power Line Construction Ltd."

The ministry said an inspector has been assigned to the investigation, which remains ongoing.

In a release, Ontario Provincial Police said emergency crews, including themselves, the Prescott-Russell Paramedic Service, and the Hawkesbury Fire Department were called to a parking lot on Spence Avenue at around 8 a.m. Monday.

A 71-year-old worker was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as Charles Sproule, of Champlain Township.

The second worker, whom police said is 34 years old, was airlifted to hospital via Ornge air ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

In a tweet Tuesday, Hydro Ottawa said Sproule was a regular contractor with the utility and a longtime friend, and offered their condolences to the people closest to him. 

We are saddened by the death of Charles Sproule. Our hearts go out to his family & friends. Charles was a long-time contractor, colleague & friend to @hydroottawa His dedication to our industry and customers will be missed.

— Hydro Ottawa (@hydroottawa) June 1, 2021