Maid fell 7 floors

A 21-YEAR-OLD Indonesian woman who works as a domestic maid is in critical condition in hospital after falling seven storeys from her employers' flat.

Police said she was found lying on the ground early on Monday morning.

The woman, who is badly injured on the left side of her her body, is now at Changi General Hospital.

She was, apparently, last seen in the kitchen hanging clothes out to dry.

It is believed that she lost her balance and fell out of the window at around 7 am.

A 50-year-old woman who lives in the neighbourhood said she saw the maid lying on the ground when she was on her way to work. She said, in Mandarin: "She couldn't move but was moaning in pain and crying very loudly. There was a deep wound in her leg and some blood on the ground."

The neighbour said she thought the maid could have hit a few bamboo poles on her way down. That could have broken her fall.

When I looked up, I noticed a bent bamboo pole, and there were also a few pieces of wet laundry on the ground," she said.

The injured woman's employers declined to comment when approached last night.

The day before the fall, a Straits Times reader had taken a picture of another maid balanced precariously outside the sixth-floor window of a maisonette in Jurong East.

The photograph appeared on the font page of yesterday's Straits Times.

The Ministry of Manpower approached the newspaper for the employer's address, saying that it would advise them on better safety.

At least three maids have fallen from high-rise buildings this year, making it a total of 20 maids who have been injured or killed since 1999.

Source: The Straits Times, June 27, 2001

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