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MOM: ALL MAID FALLING CASES INVESTIGATED

Every case of a foreign domestic worker (FDW) falling from height is investigated, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

In an e-mail reply to The New Paper, it said it requires employers to ensure the work safety of FDWs. An MOM spokesman said all employment agencies must explain MOM's safety requirements and must ensure a safety agreement is signed between maids and their employers before the maid is sent to their home.

Said the spokesman: "This is to ensure a clearer understanding between the employer and FDW on the cleaning of window exteriors, in accordance with MOM's requirements."

Employers who fail to do so may be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed up to 12 months, and even permanently barred from hiring maids in future.

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