Falling from heights has claimed the life of an eighth domestic worker this year. An Indonesian maid fell to her death from the ninth floor of a Woodlands flat on Thursday (26 April 2012) at about 6:20 pm, reported the Straits Times (28 April 2012, Yet another maid falls to her death, by Cherie Thio), based on a story in Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily. A stool and cleaning materials were believed to have been found next to the window that the 25-year-old fell from, suggesting that she had been cleaning the window.
In the past five years, 24 maids fell to their deaths while working, reported the newspaper, with four in 2011. Fourteen employers have been fined for putting their maids in the way of danger, the report added.