‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s important not to forget about safety, reveals WorkSafe Victoria.

According to the organisation’s latest statistics, the festive season (November to December) is the most dangerous time of year for employees around the country.

In 2011, a total of nine people were killed in work-related accidents during this two-month period. This number dropped to seven last year – but that’s still seven too many, says Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips.

At this time of year, he explained, Victorians – and, indeed, employees all over Australia – are starting “to think about Christmas with their families and friends and relaxing over the summer holidays”.

However, this state of distraction can lead to tragedy in the blink of an eye, so it’s important for employers and employees alike to ensure safety continues to be a priority as the year draws to a close.

If you’re in the process of minimising risk of accidents at your workplace, you may also want to consider your retail insurance options.

It’s not only your staff who are at a greater risk of injuring themselves during November and December, but your customers as well.

According to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), sales are up 2.8 per cent on last year and will no doubt rise as December 25 grows closer.

The ARA is pleased to announce that consumer confidence is high and people are opting to “splash out” on clothing, footwear and accessories rather than household necessities.

With this rise in spending, however, comes an increase in foot traffic. This, in turn, increases the likelihood that someone might be injured in your workplace – which means organising public liability cover might be a good idea.

If you would like to discuss your business insurance options for the festive season, get in touch with MGA Insurance Brokers today.