Maid fell, broke spine while cleaning windows; boss charged
Thu, Feb 21, 2008
The Straits Times

A WOMAN employer was charged in court on Thursday with failing to provide a safe environment for her Indonesian maid.

Tan Puay Cheng, 37, a human resource manager, is said to have instructed Ms Nia Wulandari to clean the inside and outside windows of her third-floor Housing Board flat in Choa Chu Kang by standing on the kitchen sink or using a ladder.

She is said alleged to have done this between Feb 25 and March 16 last year, thus failing to comply with the conditions of the work permit issued.

The 24-year-old foreign domestic worker fell in the early hours on March 16 and broke her spine.

Tan was represented by Mr Irving Choh who asked for an adjournment to make representations.

The case will be mentioned on March 24.

Bail of $4,000 was set.

If convicted, Tan faces a fine of up to $5,000 or a jail term of up to six months or both under the Employment of Foreign Workers Act.

Two years ago, a 37-year-old housewife was jailed two weeks for a negligent act by ordering her 22-year-old Indonesian maid to hang laundry on the ledge of her eighth-floor condominium in December 2003. The maid died as a result.

She was the first employer to be convicted for jeopardising a maid's life by placing her in danger.

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