Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has intervened after a 35-year-old Filipina domestic worker was seen working at heights painting the exterior of a three-story home on Pavilion Street. The ministry is now trying to establish if the woman’s employer may be guilty of endangering the health or safety of their worker.
The incident became public after a Facebook user named Catherine Plagne-Ismail, posted two videos on social media. The videos were accompanied by comments criticizing the house owner, arguing that painting the outside of a house should not be the duty of a domestic worker, the Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.
In one of the videos, the domestic worker was seen painting while perched precariously on a tall ladder that was propped up against the second floor of the house.
In another video, the domestic worker was seen squatting on a ledge outside the third story of the house.
The worker was reportedly visited by officers from the Ministry of Manpower during her second day of painting work.
She had no idea she had been filmed until the officers said they were concerned for her safety after seeing the videos.
The victim admitted that she was very afraid, but did not dare to disobey employers for whom she had been working for three years.
For failing to ensure the foreign domestic worker performed her duties in a manner which does not endanger her life or personal safety, the employer could be fined up to S$10,000, face a jail term of up to 12 months, or both.