Maid killed after falling while window-cleaning in Hong Kong
The 22-year-old employer called police to report that her maid had fallen while cleaning a window in a high-rise apartment
A 39-year-old maid was killed on Wednesday after falling while cleaning a window in a luxury apartment in Tseung Kwan O in the New Territories.
A 22-year-old woman called police after her maid fell while cleaning a window at an apartment in The Wing II complex on Tong Chun Street in Tseung Kwan O, the Apple Daily reported.
The report did not disclose the maid’s nationality. Police arrived and found the woman, who was sent to Tseung Kwan O Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. No suicide note was found in the apartment.
Police found nothing suspicious after an initial investigation pending an autopsy to confirm the actual cause of death. There have been many cases of maids falling to their death while window-cleaning in Hong Kong.
In 2017, the Labor Department introduced new rules aimed at protecting domestic workers from such accidents in high-rise buildings by adding two new clauses to employment contracts.
One clause stipulates that only windows with locked grilles can be cleaned by maids. The other stated that no part of the helper’s body should be outside the window except for the arms.