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Indonesian DH falls to her death while cleaning windows

14 January 2021

By The SUN 

The victim fell from the balcony of a unit in Kingsford Gardens in North Point

Police tonight confirmed that an Indonesian domestic worker was cleaning windows when she fell to her death from the balcony of a unit in a housing block on Tin Hau Temple Road in North Point.

A police spokeswoman said the 37-year-old Indonesian woman was declared dead at the scene.

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She was reportedly cleaning a window in her employer’s sixth-floor flat in Block A, Kingsford Gardens, when she fell into an underground parking space at about 10am today, Jan 14.

The police were seen sealing off the scene, and covering the victim’s body with a tent before they entered the building to investigate.

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No one was taken in for questioning after the incident, said a police spokeswoman.

Dangerous window-cleaning is a prohibited act under the standard employment contract of all foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong.

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The government announced the addition of the clause in November 2016 after then Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre unilaterally required all employers to sign an undertaking that they would not require their Filipino DHs to clean windows from outside.

He took the move after several FDHs fell to their deaths while cleaning windows, the latest of whom was Filipina Rinnalyn Duollog, who was killed on Aug 9, 2016, after falling from her employer’s high-rise flat in Tseung Kwan O.

All FDHs who were signed up to work in Hong Kong from Jan 1, 2017, could not be asked to clean any window above the ground unless it is fitted with a locked grille, and no part of their body except for the arms should extend outside. 

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