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6/12/2013 - Businessowners urged to take part in National Safety Month

Businessowners should use National Safety Month as a time to make sure their work environment is safe for employees.

In light of June being National Safety Month, the National Safety Council is hopeful that more businessowners will take part in the countrywide campaign, supplying their staff members with the resources they need to avoid accidents and injuries while on the job.

The theme of this year's observance period is "Safety Starts with Me" and over the course of the month, NSC will have a variety of tips and recommendations that both businessowners and homeowners can utilize. For example, the first week will focus on what entrepreneurs and everyday consumers can do to prevent slips, trips and falls.

This should serve as a particularly relevant safety topic to discuss, as a new round of research points to how serious fall-related injuries can be, particularly among elderly men and women.

According to researchers from the Injury and Osteoporosis Research Center in Finland, falling is the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in the world.

Authors of the research say that based on emergency room admittance data of people in their elderly years, there has been an increased incidence of TBI over the past 40 years.

"Further studies are needed to better understand the reasons for the increase in fall-related TBI in older persons so that effective interventions for falls and injury prevention can be initiated," the authors of the study wrote in their report.

Entrepreneurs may also want to use this time to update their businessowners insurance policy. Liability is a crucial component of coverage and entrepreneurs will want to review their plan with their provider to ensure they're protected if someone slips or injures themselves while on their premises.

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