In 2009, we achieved a year on year reduction of 27% in the lost time injury frequency rate at our operations.
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.
Percentage of employees undertaking voluntary counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS