Woman filmed on video cleaning windows along HDB ledge, 11 floors up

Woman filmed on video cleaning windows along HDB ledge, 11 floors up

Mothership.SG·2018-02-07 06:05

The last time somebody walked along the window ledge, she almost fell due to a misstep:

Maid walks along ledge to re-enter Bukit Panjang flat, missteps & dangles from 5th floor railing

More recently, an unidentified woman was caught on film cleaning the windows of a HDB apartment from the external window ledge.

She was perched on a stool, 11 floors up.

You can watch a 33-second video taken by someone in an opposite block here:


After walking a short distance along the narrow ledge, she proceeds to kick a pail aside and stand on a stool to reach the windows.

The video, which was originally circulating on WhatsApp, was also uploaded to on Saturday, Feb. 3.

While it is not clear if the woman appearing in the video is a domestic worker or a homeowner, the Facebook post has since gathered more than 7,000 shares, with a significant amount of it by Filipinos and Indonesians.

Illegal for maids to clean exterior windows

In a statement released on Jun. 4, 2012, the  said it banned all foreign domestic workers from cleaning the exterior of windows unless “strict safety conditions” are in place.

The conditions are:

1)  The employer or an adult representative has to be physically present to supervise the FDW;

2) Window grilles are installed and are locked at all times during the cleaning process.

This applies to all homes, except for windows that are at the ground level or along common corridors.

Employers who are convicted of violating these rules are liable to be fined up to S$5,000 and/or jailed up to six months.


In that same vein, anyone who encounters cases of maid abuse can get in touch with the following hotlines:

1) , 1800 339 5505 (local callers, weekday only)

2) (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics), 1800-797 7977 / +65 6341 5525

3)  (Transient Workers Count Too), 1800 888 1515

We have reached out to the Ministry of Manpower to find out more about this case.

Top image from video. 


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