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Compensate maids who die on the job

March 23, 2012 - 1:52am


PHOTO: Courtesy of Ong Wee Liang

Last Saturday, an Indonesian maid fell 13 storeys and died while trying to put the laundry out to dry in a flat in Pasir Ris.

Neighbours found the 23-year-old on the ground floor with a wooden bamboo clothes pole next to her body.

In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao on Monday, Indonesia’s Ambassador Andri Hadi said six Indonesian maids have fallen from high-rise buildings in just three months this year.

Maids are already provided with training, and existing laws concerning errant employers are being enhanced.

But migrant worker groups are calling for employers to compensate the families of the maids who are injured or die as a result of the job.


So sad. 

Obviously no one have bothered to look into the safety of high rise building.

It is about time that both HDB, HUDC and Building & Construction Authority get together and find a lasting solution to these dangerous acts of laundry hanging and window cleaning.

Why can't anyone design a system where the windows can be turn inward for cleaning without having to reach outside ?

Same too should be asked why cloth hanging must be that dangerous  with bamboo stick and all ?? 

HDB, HUDC and BCA  ... get your designers to come up with safety features once and for all


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