Naples Man dies after falling from ladder while trimming palm tree

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  1. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
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    A man fell to his death Saturday night while trimming trees in North Naples.

    It wasn't clear Sunday afternoon whether the death of Amado Gomez, 32, was caused by coming into contact with a live electrical wire or falling more than 20 feet from a ladder while working at 361 Tradewinds Ave., in the Vanderbilt Beach area.

    "A guy was trimming trees when one of the limbs fell down from the tree and knocked him off the ladder," said homeowner John Purvis, 71.

    "I was walking out the door as I saw him just falling off the ladder."

    Purvis said he hired a company, Ramon Landscaping. However, the contact information for the company was not immediately available and no local firm by that name could immediately be found. Purvis also said that Gomez would occasionally do work independently around the Purvis' home, but that he was working with the company Saturday evening.

    Collier County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said she believed more information on the landscapers, along with other information in an initial report, would be available on Monday.

    It was unsettling for residents Purvis and wife Teri Purvis, 67.

    "I was a medic for 35 years. I did CPR on him. He had no vitals, no pulse," said John Purvis.

    Collier sheriff's deputies soon arrived and used an automated external defibrillator, or AED, on Gomez, Purvis said.

    "When it comes close to you like that. He's a young person and I hated to see that. You just can't get used to it. It's a young life," Purvis said.

    The Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation, as is routine, Batten said. However, there is nothing suspicious about the death, she said.

    Little information about Gomez was immediately available, she said.

    SheriffÂ’s deputies were called at 5:13 p.m. Saturday and Gomez was proclaimed dead at NCH North Naples Hospital, Batten said.

    Gomez's wife was at the hospital and was informed, but she was his estranged wife, Batten said. His address is not yet known.

    While the Collier County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death, Purvis said he suspected it was the fall. The man suffered a significant head injury, he said.

    "When he hit, in my opinion, he was gone," Purvis said.
  2. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Was he doing them for $25 is the question?
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is the going price for trimming palms so get over it. Under Florida Law a tree trimmer only needs a $ 35.00 Occupational license to be legal. Then no one checks that Tax stamp type license so most Fly By Nights don't have that license.

    I think a Northern Loser living in Grandma's Basement would already know the biggest Beer or Bag quick pop. It only takes a few trees to be set with Beer or Bag Bucks for the week.
  4. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Just did 3 under 20ft. @$45 each (little dirty) :cool2:. My man didn't fall of the ladder because 1: the ladder was secured to the tree and 2: he was wearing a rigging harness. He wasn't electrocuted because anytime we go up on a ladder, we check for overhead lines... first! If FPL has wires through the trees or palms, I won't trim them, period. It's important to leave a little on the table for the next guy :)
  5. What kind of palms??
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  6. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm not so sure that's entirely correct Ric. I mean you are correct about the hackers and pikers but as a legit co, in PBC & BC, if I use a bucket I need to have an arborist license and a $hit load of insurance. The occupational license is cheap, but I have to pay a lot more insurance and WC when I trim what I can't reach from the ground or call my self a "tree service".
  7. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Washingtonia Robusta; I knew I should have taken pics given the contention on the last palm pricing post. As we were trimming 2 cars stopped and asked if we could trim theirs, I said sure $45.00, they'll call me...
  8. $45 for washy's is a good price. I just did three cabbage today that were clean and all 20' or less and I charged $30/tree. All I did was remove the fruits and 4 total fronds(3 dead, 1 chlorotic). I keep full palms. I was done with all 3 in 30 min.
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Jvan- are you sure about that? I called Tampa code enforcement and they said no such thing. Must have a tax stamp license to pull a tree permit on a property you don't own though. Insurance is a great idea but not a legal requirement. BC and WPB might have their own rules though.
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  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    This appears to be a tragic accident. Every last one of us has performed work for less than the job was worth and every one of us has taken chances. Hopefully this guys death will help save someone elses life.

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