MOM investigating case involving maid who fell 7 storeys while 'cleaning windows'

The maid, who is in her 20s, was apparently cleaning the windows of a unit in Carissa Park condominium in Tampines on Tuesday (Oct 3), when she lost her balance and fell.
The maid, who is in her 20s, was apparently cleaning the windows of a unit in Carissa Park condominium in Tampines on Tuesday (Oct 3), when she lost her balance and fell.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is investigating an incident involving an Indonesian domestic helper who fell seven storeys, while apparently cleaning the windows of her employer's house.

The maid, who is in her 20s, was apparently cleaning the windows of a unit in Carissa Park condominium in Tampines on Tuesday (Oct 3), when she lost her balance and fell, reported Shin Min Daily News.

An MOM spokesman said on Thursday (Oct 5): "Investigations are ongoing."

Since 2012, maids are not allowed to clean the outside of windows, unless they are physically supervised by their employer or by an adult representative of their employer.

Window grilles, which need to be installed, should also be locked at all times during the cleaning process.

A spokesman for the Indonesian Embassy here said it is worrying that such incidents continue to happen.

She added that the embassy is closely monitoring the case and is in contact with all related parties here and in Indonesia, and that the maid is recovering.

 

"The Embassy has repeatedly reminded all FDWs (foreign domestic workers) to refrain from chores that may endanger themselves, such as cleaning windows in a high rise building. We have also requested agencies and employers for their cooperation on this matter, she said.

"(It) awaits the outcome of the Police's and Ministry of Manpower's investigation on this tragic accident and will take further necessary steps from there."