Bogdan W. was going about his work with two colleagues in Mülheim an der Ruhr when he saw the four-year-old Eden hanging from the window ledge of a second storey apartment.
The little explorer had managed to scramble out of the window but then found himself in trouble and hung by his hands from the ledge, eight meters above the ground.
Luckily for him, the three binmen noticed his plight and rushed to the rescue. While Bogdan's two colleagues tried to get into the apartment, he stood below in case the boy fell.
“After a short while, the boy couldn't hold on any longer and he fell directly into his rescuer's hands,” the fire services said in a statement.
The boy was lightly injured on one arm. Once medics had examined him, he was handed back to his mother.
According to police, the child had been left alone for a short time in the apartment when the accident took place. His mother had gone to pick up her other children.
She is now being investigated for failing in her duty of care.