High-Rise Worker Left Dangling


Kid Cut Safety RopeA worker in southern China was left hanging from 100 feet up the side of a high-rise apartment building when a 10-year-old boy, apparently annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, decided to cut the safety line on the man’s rappelling apparatus.

Xinhua says the boy was watching cartoons in his eighth-floor apartment in Guizhou province as the worker was outside installing lighting. So, the boy took a knife and sliced through the rope that allows the worker to move up and down.

According to an English translation of the Xinhua article, the worker was left dangling midair. He yelled down to a co-worker, who called firemen; he was rescued about 40 minutes later.

 

 


Xinhua quotes the worker, surnamed Liu, as saying:

” ‘When I was using the electric drill, I felt my lower rope shaking. Then I saw the boy cutting the rope with a knife.’

” ‘I shouted at him to stop but he didn’t listen and soon after, the rope was broken. That’s when I called to my workmate for help,’ Liu said.”

Reports says that after speaking with police, “the boy finally admitted to what he did”:

“His father, surnamed Tang, was called to come back home from work. He gave Liu a sincere apology on behalf of his son and compensated him with … a new safety rope.”

Below is the actual Chinese Version:

因为嫌楼外施工的电钻声太吵,正在8楼屋内看动画片的10岁男孩,一气之下用小刀子将施工者下方的安全绳割断,致使其悬在半空动弹不得,贵阳观山湖消防大队紧急出动后才将人安全救下。

8月25日下午3点40分,观山湖消防大队接到报警称,一工人被困在世纪城龙凯苑18栋8楼的外墙窗户处,接警后,消防官兵立即赶赴现场处置。报警人张先生说,他们是根据公司安排,对世纪城路边楼房安装室外景观灯,当时工友小刘处于8楼的位置。在安装过程中,小刘突然对他喊安全绳被人割断了,自己上下不能动。张先生现场查看后,先叫小刘抓紧绳子不要乱动,随后报警求助。

消防和民警查看现场后,由于9楼、10楼都无人在家,最终敲开了11楼的住户门,合力从阳台处将小刘救援上去。几分钟后,小刘才缓过神来,他说自己已经坚持了40多分钟,手上一点力气都没有了。

“当时我正在用钻机打孔,突然感觉下面绳子在晃动,低头看到一个小男孩正在用刀割我的安全绳。”小刘说,他马上出声喝止,但小孩还是不听,已经把绳子割断了,于是他马上向工友求救。

随后,记者和民警一同来到8楼的小孩家里,经过询问,一开始孩子否认自己割断绳子,在民警的耐心劝说下,孩子承认了自己的行为。“我当时在看《喜羊羊》,外面钻机打墙的声音太吵,我就用刀子把绳子割断了。”小孩说。据了解,孩子10岁,今年上五年级,父母在外面做生意,就孩子一个人在家。民警给孩子父亲唐先生打电话,让他回来解决此事,唐先生对小刘做了诚恳的道歉,并赔偿了一根新的安全绳。

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