The bottom line is that if you are an employer or a person in charge of a place of work, you are responsible for making sure that people are safe there,” says Pat Griffin, senior inspector for agriculture with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

“If you have any suspicion of a person being unfit for work, you are legally required under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to do an assessment of whether or not that person is a danger to themselves or to anyone else that may be around.”