Thursday, 7 June 2012

Work safety for migrant domestic workers increased

MOM tightens regulations in view of increase in number of them falling from height
by Amir Hussain

SINGAPORE - Following the rash of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) falling to their death while at work, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday announced that it will be tightening work safety regulations for these workers with immediate effect.

FDWs are no longer allowed to clean window exteriors unless two conditions are met: The employer, or an adult representative, has to be present to supervise the FDW and window grilles have to be installed and locked at all times during the cleaning process.

Since January, there have been nine cases of FDWs falling from height while working, compared to four cases last year and eight cases in 2010.

Five fatalities were related to FDWs cleaning windows in an unsafe manner, said the MOM.

New regulations will require employers to provide safe working conditions for foreign domestic workers. TODAY FILE PHOTO

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