hours training on health and safety.
Safety is our top priority, as reflected in our remuneration policy, which links part of the bonuses of both our executives and our managers to our lost-time injury frequency rate in the part of the business where he or she works. Each year, we focus the attention of the entire group for our annual health and safety day, which in 2016 saw over 200,000 employees and contractors worldwide actively involved in workshops and activities. Health and safety is, inevitably, a key area of focus in our training prorgrammes, and in our engagement with trades unions through our Joint Health and Safety Committees at both the corporate level and at every production unit.
2016 was another difficult year, with 17 fatalities at our sites – ten fewer than in 2015. Every death should be preventable and we deeply regret the loss of our 17 colleagues. Whilst the number of days lost to accidents (or severity rate) has reached a plateau at 0.08, the rate of lost-time injury frequency (LTIFR) was 0.82, slightly up from 0.81 in 2015. Nonetheless, twelve sites reduced their LTIFR by more than 50% over the year. We have seen a substantial reduction in injuries over time – in 2007 our LTIFR was 3.1 – but we know we still have a long way to go to achieve our long-term target of zero accidents.