An Indonesian domestic worker fell to her death while cleaning the window of her employer’s high-rise apartment in Tseung Kwan O (TKO) on Wednesday.
Consul Paul Saret, head of the Philippine Consulate General-Assistance of Nationals Section, said the TKO police told the consulate that the domestic worker was not a Filipino woman.
“We confirmed with the TKO police that the worker who fell was not a Filipino; she was Indonesian,” Saret said.
Local media reports said a 39-year-old foreign domestic worker died after she fell from an apartment at the The Wings II complex on No. 12 Tong Chun Street, TKO.
The worker’s employer reportedly called the police and told them that her domestic worker had fallen while cleaning a window.
Investigators arrived at the scene and brought the worker to the hospital, where she was declared dead. The police found no suicide note.
Starting January 2017, the Hong Kong government prohibited FDHs from cleaning apartment windows from the outside and this is clearly stated in their contracts.
The government said if the worker were to clean the outside portion of apartment windows, the window should have a grille that is locked or secured and “no part of the helper’s body extends beyond the window ledge except the arms.”
The issue again became a topic of discussion within the Filipino community in Hong Kong earlier this month after pictures of an FDH precariously cleaning a window from the outside and more than 20 floors above ground in Kornhill Gardens, Quarry Bay went viral online on July 6.
The Labour Department has urged the public to call the police if they see a foreign domestic worker cleaning a window from the outside and putting her life at risk.