Landscaper electrocuted while working outside Naples home

A landscaper died Monday after he was electrocuted while working outside a home in Naples.

The owner of a home on the 5100 block of Seahorse Avenue told detectives he saw a Hogan Landscape crew working on his neighbor’s house and asked the men if he could pay them to cut branches away from some power lines on his property.

Witnesses later reported hearing a loud popping noise and seeing one of the workers, 41-year-old Juan Martinez, slumped in a tree. Martinez’s cousin, who was head of the yard crew, told Naples police that Juan Martinez had been cutting the branches when his pole saw touched the wires.

When first responders from the Naples Fire Department arrived at the home, Martinez had no pulse and had gone into cardiac arrest, according to Fire Chief Steven McInerny. Martinez also had burns on his left hand and inner thighs.

McInerny said Martinez was taken to NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Personnel at Hogan Landscape declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday.

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CannoliCalzone writes:

RIP Mr. Martinez.

NDN: The 5100 block of Seahorse in NOT in Downtown Naples...it's in Seagate. Just South of Pine Ridge and West of Crayton.

Why can't you guys ever get the geographic locations of addresses listed properly??

MoeLaxCoach writes:

RIP Sir.

Beachbaby writes:

My condolences to Mr. Martinez' family.

Voice-of-America writes:

Very sad....My prayers to the Family...

Becksperado writes:

This is so sad. Condolences to the Martinez family.

pritchard2020 writes:

So sad and so sorry this happened. Prayers to the Martinez family.

naplesregular writes:

in response to CannoliCalzone:

RIP Mr. Martinez.

NDN: The 5100 block of Seahorse in NOT in Downtown Naples...it's in Seagate. Just South of Pine Ridge and West of Crayton.

Why can't you guys ever get the geographic locations of addresses listed properly??

This man just DIED and you're complaining about address discrepancies? Get a clue man! Just pathetic.

CannoliCalzone writes:

in response to naplesregular:

This man just DIED and you're complaining about address discrepancies? Get a clue man! Just pathetic.

Hey troll,

I was the 1st to offer my condolences.

Why do you have to encite a riot at this time of mourning.

YOU ARE PATHETIC!

MisterK writes:

FP&L has crews that will do that for free. Call FP&L and they'll send someone out to examine power lines and trees. So sad for this man to lose his life. My condolences to the family and friends.

forthecrackers writes:

MisterK - wrong.

I had trees against a power line, called FPL, they said unless it was an emergency their crew would trim the trees at regular maintenance intervals - which is a complete lie. They hire a contractor to drive by at most once a year. These particular trees have never been trimmed since planting.

FPL - Florida Power Lite.

MisterK writes:

in response to forthecrackers:

MisterK - wrong.

I had trees against a power line, called FPL, they said unless it was an emergency their crew would trim the trees at regular maintenance intervals - which is a complete lie. They hire a contractor to drive by at most once a year. These particular trees have never been trimmed since planting.

FPL - Florida Power Lite.

Two years ago, I called FP&L about some power lines and tree branches. I met with the contractor representative when he came out. I showed him the areas of concern. He authorized the crew to come out and trim the branches. I met with the crew, and watched them perform the work. They will only cut what is necessary. The contractor was pretty strict on what they cut. So, if you were trying to get a free pruning service, then you'd be disappointed.

Jimmying writes:

I am so sorry Mr. Martinez lost his life. I am continually worried about the landscapers who work on the center strip of Livingston Rd with cars whizzing by. Maybe we should start a fund for the family.

Jimmying writes:

I talked to Hogan Landscaping about starting a gofundme.com site for the Martinez family. It hasn't been started yet but they will talk to the family and get back to me with the OK. Look for it in the coming days.

insight3fl#274389 writes:

I pray for Mr. Martinez's family. I also agree that the homeowner should be thinking twice about asking a lawn crew to trim branches away from dangerous power lines when that should be left up to professionals dispatched by the power company.

amuser writes:

in response to insight3fl#274389:

I pray for Mr. Martinez's family. I also agree that the homeowner should be thinking twice about asking a lawn crew to trim branches away from dangerous power lines when that should be left up to professionals dispatched by the power company.

Ditto. And I hope Hogan Landscapers have good insurance. What a tragedy.

buckfazio#274411 writes:

My heart goes out to his family , just a days work cost him his life, horrible news and sad.

Beachbaby writes:

in response to Jimmying:

I talked to Hogan Landscaping about starting a gofundme.com site for the Martinez family. It hasn't been started yet but they will talk to the family and get back to me with the OK. Look for it in the coming days.

Great idea! Count me in.

RedneckHippie writes:

in response to naplesregular:

This man just DIED and you're complaining about address discrepancies? Get a clue man! Just pathetic.

First my condolences to Mr. Martinez and his family.

Unless the article has been changed, it reads that the event occured in "Naples" and the address is clearly within the City of Naples boundaries. The article is correct.

Jimmying writes:

in response to Beachbaby:

Great idea! Count me in.

I haven't heard anything back yet. If I do I'll let you know.

CannoliCalzone writes:

in response to RedneckHippie:

First my condolences to Mr. Martinez and his family.

Unless the article has been changed, it reads that the event occured in "Naples" and the address is clearly within the City of Naples boundaries. The article is correct.

Yes, it was changed...look under the headline where it says that the article was updated...that was the update.

CannoliCalzone writes:

Before the correction, the article stated that this occured in DOWNTOWN Naples.

insight3fl#274389 writes:

One other note about insurance. If Mr. Martinez has dependents, then workers' compensation coverage should provide a death benefit as much as $150,000. As also mentioned hopefully Hogan is providing coverage for his employees as required by law.

NatalieHogan writes:

This would be true if this happened on my job site, but it did not. A neighbor solicited him to do this work independently and I am now extremely limited on saying anything more than that or even reaching out to the family of a friend that I have had the pleasure of working with for many years. I have set up a GoFundMe site on behalf of his family and at the request of a lovely and thoughtful Naples Daily News reader, Thank you Jimmying. And thank you to the other readers for your kind words and condolences, he was a man worthy of remembrance.

http://www.gofundme.com/75u9m8

NatalieHogan writes:

Thank you, Jimmying -

http://www.gofundme.com/75u9m8

MoeLaxCoach writes:

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NatalieHogan writes:

Thank you for removing this comment - It was unnecessarily tarnishing a true tragedy.

MoeLaxCoach writes:

Why removed? Sunshine laws? Freedom of information?

Jimmying writes:

in response to Beachbaby:

Great idea! Count me in.

Go to gofundme.com/75u9m8 and you can donate to a fund for his family.

Beachbaby writes:

in response to Jimmying:

Go to gofundme.com/75u9m8 and you can donate to a fund for his family.

Thanks, will do

Beachbaby writes:

in response to Jimmying:

Go to gofundme.com/75u9m8 and you can donate to a fund for his family.

I just tried, but nothing came up under the link you provided. ??

Jimmying writes:

in response to Beachbaby:

I just tried, but nothing came up under the link you provided. ??

I just tried it again and it works on my computer. Maybe try it again. I did the letters without a caps lock on (75u9m8). I think that is the only way to find it. I also tried just going to the website and typing in Juan Martinez but I couldn't find it that way. Try this again gofundme.com/75u9m8

Beachbaby writes:

in response to Jimmying:

I just tried it again and it works on my computer. Maybe try it again. I did the letters without a caps lock on (75u9m8). I think that is the only way to find it. I also tried just going to the website and typing in Juan Martinez but I couldn't find it that way. Try this again gofundme.com/75u9m8

Ok thanks. Will try from my desktop.

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