Filipino domestic worker found dead in HK

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Pik Sha Road, Clear Water Bay (Photo: Google Maps)

A 53-year-old Filipino domestic worker from was found dead yesterday morning (September 9) in her employer’s home in Clear Water Bay, according to the police.

A police spokesperson said the long-time employer of Grace R.L., who is from Tuguegarao, found her unconscious in their home at 11 Pik Sha Road, Clear Water Bay. She is believed to have died of natural causes.

“The employer discovered the body of the domestic helper who had collapsed and so she made a report to the police,” the spokeswoman said, adding that the police received the call at 7:32 a.m.

She said an ambulance with paramedics arrived at the scene but the domestic worker was already dead.

The police spokesperson said the initial investigation showed that there was nothing suspicious about the death of the worker.

The helper’s death is being considered as a case of “dead body found” and is being followed up by the Tsuen Kwan O police, she added.

A source at the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) said the worker’s employer was already coordinating with the Assistance to Nationals Section and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for the repatriation of her remains.

The helper reportedly had been working in Hong Kong for the last 30 years and was also a church server.

“Her employer arranged for her children to fly here in HK. They are expected at the consulate today,” the PCG official said.

Grace would be the third overseas Filipino domestic worker to die here in HK since the start of September. A 32-year-old domestic worker died in Yuen Long on Sept. 1 after having a heart attack. On Sept. 6, anothe rhelper died of an aneurysm in Tsuen Wan.

This morning, the Hong Kong Observatory issued a “Very Hot Weather” warning with temperatures reaching over 32 degrees Celsius.

With the Very Hot Weather warning in place, the Labour Department reminded employers to assess the risk of heat stroke to their employees.

“Adopt effective preventive measures such as providing cool drinking water, setting up temporary sunshade and providing mechanical aids to reduce physical exertion of employees,” the Labour Department said.

“Employees should drink water regularly and be mindful of their physical condition. If early heat stroke symptoms such as headache and thirst appear, they should rest in a cool or shady place and drink water immediately,” it added.


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