The changes that we made to our safety practices in 2007 and a renewed commitment to a new level of safety performance delivered results, and we are helping to lead the way, particularly in South Africa, to achieve a safer, more productive mining industry. In April, we held the Anglo Tripartite Safety Summit in Johannesburg, bringing together government, unions and the industry to unlock and leverage potential in working together to tackle some of the critical issues around mining safety in South Africa.
We have achieved a year on year reduction of 17% in the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) at our operations, with extended periods of incident-free, safe production. 2008 also saw an improvement in terms of a 33% reduction in the number of fatalities at our operations. During the year 27 people died while on company business, compared with 40 fatalities during 2007; this is a significant step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. Of particular note is Anglo Platinum’s Union mine in South Africa, which has achieved more than 6 million fatality free shifts, and the Barro Alto nickel project and Anglo Ferrous Brazil which achieved 966 days and 3.5 million hours respectively without a lost time injury. The implementation of our global Fatal Risk Standards and the successful roll out of the global safety risk management programme are helping to ensure a systematic approach to managing safety and preventing accidents as we continue on our journey towards ‘zero harm’.
"In 2008, we achieved a year on year reduction of 17% in the lost time injury frequency rate at our operations. We also saw an improvement in terms of a 33% reduction in the number of fatalities at our operations. This is a significant step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go"