Seminole man killed in home construction project - FOX 13 News

Seminole man killed in home construction project

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A Pinellas County man is dead after a concrete slab fell on him Friday during a home construction project, the sheriff's office said.

It happened around noon at a home on Robin Road in Seminole.

Deputies say 52-year-old Arden Berderi and two other family members were working on an addition to the home when an eight-foot concrete slab gave way and fell on top of Berderi.

The two other men were not injured.

Deputies say Berderi's death appears to be an accident. The medical examiner will continue investigating.

A construction accident left one homeowner crushed by concrete. It happened Friday when a Seminole man was renovating his own house on Robin Road.

"I heard a scream. This man was screaming, ‘help, help, I need some help'," said neighbor Kristi Riley.

An eight-foot concrete slab wall had fallen on him during a do-it-yourself home renovation.

"There was a brick that was sliding down on top of his head like it was going to slide down and hurt him, so I knelt down and picked the brick up. The guy's arm was up. That I could see, and I tried to find a pulse and I didn't feel anything," she said.

52-year-old Arben Berberi died, trapped in the rubble . Two other family members were nearby. His father-in-law and his brother-in-law were not injured, but tried to save him.

They watched as fire crews worked for hours to try to pull him out. The crushing concrete toppled quickly when the wall collapsed, seemingly right toward Berberi.

"It slid. Somehow instead of falling that way, the way a normal wall would, it slid so it was on top of his body," Riley said.

His neighbor Sam Boibon said his neighbor was from Bosnia, and told him he knew construction.

"I talked to him a couple of times and he said I know how to do that," he said.

Investigators say the home was purchased last spring. It was considered an investment property. These men were working to improve it and put in an add-on to the house. Neighbors say they watched them do constriction work all hours of the day.

"He's here at night. He's during the day. And he's always working in that house," Riley said.

No construction permits were visible on the home.Neighbors saw how hard the three men worked on the building for weeks. As they left flowers at a streetside memorial, the timing of the accident weighed heavy on their minds.

"They were trying to do something nice and it happens the day after Thanksgiving. It's just really, really sad," she said.

Since no permits were found at the home, the accident will be under investigation. The two other men injured were examined on scene but appeared to be okay.

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