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Relobohile Tsiame (left) and Mbonelwa Mafikwana are mining operators at Thermal Coal's Goedehoop Colliery in South Africa

Safety

We have continued to deliver further reductions in lost time injuries and fatalities by taking a more focused, risk based approach and driving implementation and compliance with the Fatal Risk Standards for the top five safety risks across the business.

Anglo American's safety record when I joined the Group was unacceptable. Our lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) is now 27% lower than in 2008 and shows a 52% like-for-like improvement since 2006. We are also encouraged by the continuing reduction in fatalities and, while still unacceptable until we reach zero, these are now 32% fewer than 2008 and nearly 60% fewer than 2006. Regrettably, however, 19 people lost their lives while on company business in 2009. The majority of our sites operate without any fatalities - 92% during 2009, and we have many examples of exceptional safety performance. At Kumba Iron Ore, for example, Thabazimbi has achieved two years LTI-free; our base metals businesses were fatality free for the first time since 2005 and Iron Ore Brazil delivered a 98% improvement in its LTIFR. In January 2010, Anglo Platinum also achieved a significant milestone of operating for four consecutive months without a fatal incident - a first for the company.

LTIFR

(2008: 1.04)

0.76

Percentage of employees undertaking voluntary counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS

(2008: 77%)

82%

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Annual Report 2009