Filipino FDW in coma after falling from flat

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Regal Court along Waterloo Road, Kowloon City (MAP DATA: Google Earth Studio)

A Filipina domestic worker is still unconscious in Queen Elizabeth Hospital after she fell from a flat on the fourth floor of Regal Court in Kowloon City Friday.

A police report obtained by Hong Kong News said the estate’s security guard informed them at 1:49 p.m. of a woman found lying on the ground who was suspected to have fallen from a height.

She was confirmed to be a Filipina and was still unconscious as of yesterday night, a police spokesperson said.

Welfare Officer Virsie Tamayao from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said she has contacted the worker’s employer, who confirmed that the Filipina had fallen from the flat. She is set to contact the worker’s family too.

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Amid reports stating that she fell while cleaning windows, Tamayao said her case is still being investigated by the police.

Tamayao added that she hopes the hospital can allow them to visit as soon as possible.

Since 2017, standard employment contracts of foreign domestic workers outlined restrictions on cleaning outward-facing windows after several reports of FDWs falling while doing so.

When employers ask their workers to clean windows that are neither on the ground floor nor adjacent to a balcony, they must first install locked grilles on those windows and no part of the worker’s body extends beyond the window ledge except the arms.

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