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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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SINGAPORE—Two migrant construction workers are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a toddler dangling by her head from the balcony of a second-floor apartment in Singapore.

The young girl, either two or three years old (reports varied), was stuck between the railings of a clothes-drying rack on the balcony of a second-floor apartment Thursday (April 23), according to the blog

That's when two construction workers, both Indian nationals doing road work, sprang into action.

The first man, identified as Subramanian Shanmuganathan, catapulted himself up to the balcony and hoisted the girl so that she could breathe. Co-worker Ponnan Muthukumar then climbed up to assist in freeing the child.

'Hanging,' 'Struggling'

The two workers were honored with the Singapore Civil Defence Force Public Spiritedness Award Friday (April 24).

Subramanian Shanmuganathan, a construction worker, was filmed saving the toddler in this YouTube video courtesy of Shreejan Bhandari.

Muthukumar told Channel NewsAsia that the girl was playing with an iPad when it fell over and she climbed out after it.

Shanmuganathan added: "When I saw her, she was hanging onto the wall and struggling.

"She was kicking her legs and crying. Seeing her in that state saving her was my primary concern. I did not want to delay any further as it could case more problems. So I quickly climbed up."

Potential Charges Unknown

Before the workers arrived, two other men reportedly tried (and failed) to pull their way up after hearing the woman who spotted the baby cry for help. Others knocked on the apartment door, but no one answered.

"From the ground floor, they climbed up to the second floor and released the little girl's head prior to the arrival of the SCDF," a SCDF spokesperson told CNBC via email.

"SCDF firefighters brought the little girl down to safety using a ladder."

It was unknown whether police would press charges against the parents for leaving the child unattended.

According to Channel NewsAsia, one of the parents was on the scene and refused to send her to the hospital. The girl reportedly had no visible injuries, except some redness on her face.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Construction; Fall protection; Health & Safety; Health and safety; Roads/Highways; Workers

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