8 Jun 2014

Maid's (FDW) negligence

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Maid busy talking and endangered child's life. Boy was standing in the middle of the road. Wanbao, 30 Sep 2013



Maid used hot water to make milk for baby.



2-year-old boy dies after fall from balcony, Yahoo! Newsroom – Sun, Jun 3, 2012
A two-year-old boy fell from a condominium in Upper Bukit Timah. According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), they were alerted to the case at 5:30pm on Friday and arrived at the location with one ambulance within seven minutes.

The toddler fell from a fourth-floor unit at 71 Hume Avenue, Hillview Green Condominium and was said to have been at home with his family’s domestic worker when the incident happened.   According to The Sunday Times, the domestic worker has since been taken in for questioning.

The toddler was still alive when the SCDF sent him to the National University Hospital but he died of head wounds later. The boy’s parents identified their son’s body at the morgue Saturday morning.   The family’s neighbours told Lianhe Wanbao that the toddler’s fall from the unit’s balcony baffled them because the balcony wall was quite high. The police have classified the boy’s death as unnatural and are still investigating.

Winter: When a maid or FDW is negligent, who is responsible for mishap?  Who foot the bill and bear the consequences?

Why employers suffered child, mental and financial losses but FDW is still being viewed as can be forgiven or she's not totally to be blamed? I realised a number of people felt FDWs are not supposed to be tasked to do housework and childcare. They felt job should be split and shared by two persons. How much housework can a small HDB flat or condo generate and requires a person to spend 8 hours each day to clean or tidy?

Who wants to have a stranger living in the house? Who does not want to stay home to look after your own kid? Circumstances forced many people to employ FDWs in order to earn a decent salary and cope with Spore high living standard.

If you're lucky to have parents or in-laws who are willing to supervise your FDWs or solely take care of your children, cook for you, please thank them for allowing you to work with a peace of mind. I envy you!

If you've an option to use nearby childcare centres and working hours that match childcare centres' operating hours, don't employ FDWs. Of course, if you work irregular hours, long hours or have more than two children, it is cheaper and more convenient to hire a FDW. But can you trust your FDW to take care of your young children? If you must, suggest you install cameras as a form of security!
Have you seen above news? As a parent, how would you feel?


Boy who dies after 5-storey fall, AsiaOne, Friday, Apr 13, 2012
Four-year-old Muhammad Afiq Dannie who fell out of his Jurong West home on Tuesday never woke up and passed away quietly at about 9pm on Wednesday.

Weeping uncontrollably, the 32-year-old delivery assistant could not even bear to leave his son's body after the burial. He had to be helped up by relatives and friends.  Little Afiq had lost the fight for his life after spending two days in the intensive care unit of the National University Hospital.

According to The Straits Times, the boy had been alone in the house sleeping when his maid left the flat at about 11.45am to pick up his older brother from a nearby kindergarten.  His father told reporters that he believes Afiq had woken up while the maid was gone and could have climbed out of the kitchen window to look for the maid.  The police received a call at around 12.20pm, after passer-bys called the police.

Madam Toh Geok Lan, 67, who runs a convenience store in the void deck of the block told The New Paper (TNP) she was first alerted to the incident when a resident told her that she saw a boy sleeping near the rubbish chute behind the store.  She told the resident to let the boy sleep and not disturb him. She did not think much of it until another passer-by told her of the boy lying motionless at the foot of the block.  After going to the scene to take a look for herself, she recognised Afiq as a boy who lived around the area. His head was swollen and he did not respond to her shaking his limp body.

The maid then passed the scene while returning home with the elder brother. Upon seeing the body, she "kept crying and screaming as she called out to the little one", Madam Toh said.



Maid broke toddler's bone, 28 Sep 2010, Straits Times
A filipino maid who was massaging her employer's three-year-old son pulled his leg so forcefully that his right thigh bone was broken. Myla Cabradilla Cabuenas, 30, then told her employer that the toddler had fallen at home and injured his knee.  But the employer, who had wired her home with cameras, viewed the video footage and saw what the maid had done to the boy. He has a history of developmental delay and suffers from epilepsy.

She told her husband, a 36-year-old engineer, who then called the police. Yesterday, the maid was jailed nine months for ill-treating the child under her care at her employer's home on July 1.


Assistant Public Prosecutor Asran Samad said the maid was alone with the boy when she placed him on a mattress and began massaging his legs. She had been hired three months earlier to perform basic physiotherapy techniques, including massaging the boy, and caring for him.


Maid falls to death climbing back into locked flat, New Paper, 17 April 17 2014
A 29-year-old Filipino maid fell to her death yesterday evening while attempting to climb into her employer's fifth-storey home at Yio Chu Kang Road.

Ms Mila had locked herself out when she left the apartment to throw garbage.  Her employers were out with one of their sons when it happened.  Another son, who wanted to be known as Mr Choo Y. K., said: "She was so silly. She should have called one of us instead. It is such a pity."


Winter: Maids, your safety is in your hands!!
Employers shouldn't be held responsible for any mishap because you do not value your life or want to be careless. Thought you can fly?  Thought you can play with your life?  Don't be so naive and irresponsible. Think about your family if you're gone forever. Employers are not your nannies so don't make others be responsible for your 'brainless' action, as well as costs you've incurred!

Some maids tried to runaway by trying to be 'spider woman' but ended up hurt or dead.  Read
The ill-fated Employers are held responsible for these irresponsible/careless FDWs.  Is this fair to a person who employed you to help?  Why SIP didn't equip FDWs the most common sense thing - safety is in your hands?  Why MOM is not holding maid agencies and SIP trainers responsible for these brainless maids?


2 year old child was scalded by boiling water, due to maid's negligent.
Mypaper, 30 October 2013

The New Paper/AsiaOne, 1 Nov 2013
The maid was steaming breakfast in the kitchen when she heard the toddler scream. Her charge, a two-year-old girl, had wandered into the kitchen and apparently knocked over an unattended pot, spilling boiling water onto herself.

The accident happened last Friday at about 8am, reported Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao. According to the girl's mother, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Tan, the toddler was at home alone with the maid as both her and her husband had left for work. After her maid called to tell her about the incident, Mrs Tan called her mother-in-law, who called for an ambulance after she rushed to see her granddaughter.

The girl's father, who wanted to be known only as Mr Tan, told The New Paper that the girl was rushed to Singapore General Hospital, and later moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at KK Woman's and Children's Hospital. The accident left her with second-degree burns on the lower parts of her face, her shoulders and her chest. Lianhe Wanbao reported that the toddler developed a fever after she was admitted.

When The New Paper visited the girl and her parents at the hospital, her head was covered in bandages. Mr Tan said his daughter is in stable condition. The toddler's aunt reportedly posted a picture of her injured niece on Facebook, attracting comments and well wishes from netizens, reported the Chinese newspaper. In the Facebook post, the aunt alleged that the pot was left in a way that the girl could reach the handle, thus leading to the accident.

Lianhe Wanbao added that the maid has apologised repeatedly for the accident. Mr Tan told TNP that the maid meant no harm. "Right now, we are more concerned about our daughter," he told TNP.

Winter: When maid's fall from the window, employer's get the blame. When your loved ones get injured or suffered due to maid's negligence, employers bear the consequences and costs. Is it great to employ maid? Think twice before you employ a FDW. You have a choice compared to me. Don't think employing a maid is getting a good right hand man and worth the dollars you've paid. Most FDWs come here to work but have no responsibility or work ethic.

Who suffers the most when maid is careless or negligent? Who foot the bill? Does MOM protect employers' interest?
You know the answers but refused to show some empathy and concern to FDWs' employer!  Wait.... just wait for that day when misfortune befalls your love ones, only then you'll know how these employers felt and forced to go thru ALONE!



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21 Aug - Get your maid trained as confinement nanny, 6 Aug 2013, The Straits Times

Mothers of newborns who do not want to shell out thousands of dollars to hire confinement nannies will soon have a more affordable option: their maids.

But first, the foreign domestic workers will need to be trained for the task, and that is where traditional Chinese medicine practitioner Fu Yang Tang comes in.

The company - which also owns Homekeeper, one of the largest maid agencies here - has teamed up with two training providers to run a series of confinement nanny courses for maids starting next month.

New mothers here usually turn to confinement nannies because they have little, if any, experience taking care of babies. These nannies are usually older and more experienced women hired to cook a special diet for the mother and to look after the baby.

Reliable confinement nannies, however, also come with long waiting lists and some command top dollar for their services. Fu Yang Tang will work with the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (Fast) and Grace Management and Consultancy Services (GMCS) to run the courses.

They will cover topics such as preparing food with traditional Chinese medicine for new mothers, infant care and how to massage mothers and babies.

Employers will have to pay about $80 for their maids to attend each course, which will be conducted over a few half-day sessions.

Ms Carene Chin, the managing director of Fu Yang Tang and Homekeeper, said more Singaporean parents want to hire confinement nannies because their mothers work and cannot help them.

But some are put off by the hefty cost of hiring a nanny. Others have been turned down by popular nannies who tend to be booked up to a year in advance.

It now costs an average of $2,200 to $2,400 to hire a confinement nanny for a month compared to about $2,000 a year ago. Some are also charging up to $3,500.

Ms Josephine Tan, who owns confinementnanny.com and has been recruiting nannies for the last five years, explained that a shortage of confinement nannies, many of whom are Malaysians, has also driven up hiring cost.

Many Malaysian nannies are opting to stay at home to work because they can draw monthly salaries of about $2,000 and be close to their families.

Maids in Singapore, who are paid an average of $500 a month, are relatively more affordable. They also do basic household chores.

Confinement nannies do not help with housework.

Some parents told The Sunday Times that shelling out top dollar for confinement nannies does not always guarantee good service.

Administrative assistant Annie Liong, 40, a mother of two toddlers, said: "Some mothers may object to the way the nanny bathes the baby for example. But the nanny may say 'I know better, I am more experienced.'"

Still, many parents have doubts that foreign maids can do the job of these nannies, a mindset Ms Chin hopes to change.

She added that employers can attend the courses with their maids by paying a fee of about $150 for each course. This would help them understand what has been taught and also share their preferences with their maids.

However, some parents said they still prefer a confinement nanny over a maid.

Engineer Bertschin Tan, 33, whose wife is expecting their fourth child in October, said: "Maids may not be careful enough or have the experience needed for confinement work."


Winter: Some employers suggested training maids to be confinement nannies. Looking at above news, looks like FDW able to increase their value. I'm surprised there are training centres to cater to such needs. Guess it could be some confinement ladies 'selling their service like hot cakes', over-sell and service sucks 夸大,'货'不对办, 服务欠水准. A confinement lady cost about S$2500 per month. The role of a confinement lady is to care for the newborn and cook for the confinement mother. It is almost a 24 hour attention and care. 

No matter what crush course FDW is put through, there's no way she can gain sufficient knowledge to independently care for the newborn and cook for the confinement mother. It requires a lot of attention and 'professional' or years of relevant experience. If such employers are willing to place their new born in a maid's hand, 自己保重! If there's another adult to guide then I think this idea is workable but no course is necessary. She is here to be FDW not confinement lady. If you expect FDW to carry out her job as confinement lady (disturb you, get you to do some hands-on like bathing the newborn), means you have to spend your confinement time telling maid what to do, how to care for the baby, is this something you want? Can you prevent a nerve breakdown? Will you have proper rest and recover well? If something happens due to maid's negligent/forgetful, can you bear the consequences?

Maids doubling as confinement nannies, Straits Times Forum, 17 Aug

I am definitely not a pro-maid person but based on this, I disagree a maid should double as confinement lady independantly..... not safe! 不是我爱心泛滥或脑子出问题. 毕竟FDW 有能力所不及的事情,叛逆, 并非全能也不是你能信赖的人选. 陪月妇也可能浑水摸鱼,经验是虚构的, 所以自己衡量轻重, 谨慎处理免得一辈子后悔. A confinement lady is needed for 4 weeks. Unlike looking after special needs or elderly which requires FDW to have the skills throughout her employment ie 24 months at least. Attend course may give a married FDW some modern knowledge, mentally prepared but expect her to fly alone, I think it is hard and quite unfair.

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17 Dec 2012 - When a maid or FDW is negligent, who is responsible for mishap?


Why employers suffered child, mental and financial losses but FDW is still being viewed as can be forgiven or she's not totally to be blamed?  I realised a number of people felt FDWs are not supposed to be tasked to do housework and childcare.  They felt job should be split and shared by two persons.  How much housework can a small HDB flat or condo generate and requires a person to spend 8 hours each day to clean or tidy?


Who wants to have a stranger living in the house? Who does not want to stay home to look after your own kid? Circumstances forced many people to employ FDWs in order to earn a decent salary and cope with Spore high living standard.

If you're lucky to have parents or in-laws who are willing to supervise your FDWs or solely take care of your children, cook for you, please thank them for allowing you to work with a peace of mind.  I envy you!

If you've an option to use nearby childcare centres and working hours that match childcare centres' operating hours, don't employ FDWs.  Of course, if you work irregular hours, long hours or have more than two children, it is cheaper and more convenient to hire a FDW.  But can you trust your FDW to take care of your young children?  If you must, suggest you install cameras as a form of security!


Have you seen these news?  As a parent, how would you feel?



2-year-old boy dies after fall from balcony, Yahoo! Newsroom – Sun, Jun 3, 2012

A two-year-old boy fell from a condominium in Upper Bukit Timah.  According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), they were alerted to the case at 5:30pm on Friday and arrived at the location with one ambulance within seven minutes.

The toddler fell from a fourth-floor unit at 71 Hume Avenue, Hillview Green Condominium and was said to have been at home with his family’s domestic worker when the incident happened.

According to The Sunday Times, the domestic worker has since been taken in for questioning. 

The toddler was still alive when the SCDF sent him to the National University Hospital but he died of head wounds later. The boy’s parents identified their son’s body at the morgue Saturday morning.

The family’s neighbours told Lianhe Wanbao that the toddler’s fall from the unit’s balcony baffled them because the balcony wall was quite high.   The police have classified the boy’s death as unnatural and are still investigating.



Four-year-old Muhammad Afiq Dannie who fell out of his Jurong West home on Tuesday never woke up and passed away quietly at about 9pm on Wednesday.



Weeping uncontrollably, the 32-year-old delivery assistant could not even bear to leave his son's body after the burial. He had to be helped up by relatives and friends.

Little Afiq had lost the fight for his life after spending two days in the intensive care unit of the National University Hospital.

According to The Straits Times, the boy had been alone in the house sleeping when his maid left the flat at about 11.45am to pick up his older brother from a nearby kindergarten.

His father told reporters that he believes Afiq had woken up while the maid was gone and could have climbed out of the kitchen window to look for the maid.

The police received a call at around 12.20pm, after passer-bys called the police.
Madam Toh Geok Lan, 67, who runs a convenience store in the void deck of the block told The New Paper (TNP) she was first alerted to the incident when a resident told her that she saw a boy sleeping near the rubbish chute behind the store.

She told the resident to let the boy sleep and not disturb him. She did not think much of it until another passer-by told her of the boy lying motionless at the foot of the block.

After going to the scene to take a look for herself, she recognised Afiq as a boy who lived around the area.  His head was swollen and he did not respond to her shaking his limp body.

The maid then passed the scene while returning home with the elder brother. Upon seeing the body, she "kept crying and screaming as she called out to the little one", Madam Toh said.



 

All my FDWs have been reminded many times to be careful of my laminated flooring.  I also see above due to maid's negligence.  They felt they have really dried the floor but the fact is, they didn't.  They thought the water will be sipped into the wooden and absorbed or sink to the bottom?  They didn't know it will cause us a bomb to get new laminated flooring.  Maids thought we earn a lot or can go to the forest to get wood and replace ourselves?

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