Metso's long-term objective is zero work-related accidents. Short term, we have a common, global safety target of a lost-time incident frequency of less than 5 by 2015. LTIF reflects the number of incidents resulting in an absence of at least one workday per million hours worked. All business units must support the Group-level target with relevant target setting and action plans.
In 2011, the number of recordable work-related injuries was 841 (999). Recordable incidents are the sum of lost time, restricted work and medical treatment incidents. There were 4 (1) work-related fatalities. Metso's LTIF was 9.1 (12.4). 78 of our 117 units reached the Group-level LTIF target of less than 5.
Since 2008, we have succeeded in reducing the LTIF by 50%, mainly by increasing our employees' awareness of work safety and encouraging every employee to take responsibility for work safety issues. The LTIF levels reported by Metso's units and operating countries vary, and there is still a lot of room for improvement in the health and safety work.
In 2012, we will continue to improve the awareness of health and safety matters by concentrating on management training, by putting these matters on all meeting agendas and by working on minimum safety standards. We believe that every incident can be prevented and are strongly committed to working towards this zero-harm objective in all of our operations.