A video of a Hong Kong woman moving precariously on the ledge of a high-floor balcony, with her husband holding on to her legs, in a window-cleaning attempt has gone viral on the internet.
Netizens are reacting with shock and horror to the clip which showed the woman putting her life and limb at risk in order to clean the exterior of her apartment.
Apple Daily reports that one of its readers submitted the clip, following which it was put up on the paper’s website and subsequently shared widely in online forums.
In the clip, a woman can be seen stretching herself on a balcony ledge as she sought to wipe and clean her apartment windows while her husband held onto her legs or waist in order to prevent her from falling.
The window-cleaner, who was wearing a tank top and shorts, was perched on a ledge that was just about 16cm wide.
She can be seen initially trying to clean a large window to her left, an action that required her to squat, stand or stretch on a narrow beam.
The woman had one hand wiping the windows while the other clung onto the frame of another window in order to balance herself.
A man believed to be her husband can be seen standing on the balcony holding her waist and legs, but there was no safety harness.
Afterwards, the woman starts cleaning the exterior of the balcony by bending over on a chair with half her body leaning out of the fence.
The clip also showed that there were two young girls in the apartment. The younger girl could be seen helping her mom with the cleaning by handing her a detergent.
According to Apple Daily, a female reader surnamed Siu submitted the video clip after filming it at The Wings II residential complex in Tseung Kwan O.
“It was on the seventh floor; if she fell down to the next balcony she could have died,” Siu was quoted as saying.
Siu said she immediately told her family about what she has seen, but was told that there have been similar window-cleaning acts before at the building.
As for the couple, they did not seem to think that there was a problem with their method of cleaning, the report said.
The woman caught in the video apparently said she was merely being thorough in her household cleaning work.
Siu said she hopes her video will spark more debate about home safety issues and prompt people to take precautions while cleaning the exteriors of their apartments.
The Labor Department introduced on Jan 1 this year new rules that seek to protect domestic helpers from improper requests to clean the exterior of windows in high-rise buildings.
New rules on maids’ window cleaning to take effect in January (Nov. 5, 2016)
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