Ensuring the health and safety of our employees and consumers is critical to our business operations. We amplify awareness of safe behaviors every year through World Safety Day by sharing what safety means to us with our colleagues and communities. These behaviors range from responsible consumption to proper operation of our trucks and forklifts in our facilities. We use technology systems on our trucks to track driver behaviors, which has increased accountability among our managers and resulted in a reduction of speeding and safer fleet operations. We also continue to look for ways to ease the stress on our drivers, who take our off-road routes by replacing the hazardous routes with cars.
In 2016, we were proud to made good progress against a number of our key safety metrics. For example, the total number of Lost Time Injuries decreased by 38% in the last year. We also achieved a milestone of zero fatalities in our Tier 2 Trucking operations in 2016. However, we regret to report that 12 employees and contractors lost their lives at work this year. Three of these fatalities resulted from accidents during on-site maintenance or repairs, five from road traffic accidents, and four were the result of robberies or assaults on employees during sales or trade visits. In each case, we undertook an in-depth investigation and implemented measures to reduce the likelihood of these incidents recurring.
*AB InBev took management control of Grupo Modelo following the combination on June 4, 2013. 2013 data includes Mexico in order to allow for comparison and show progress since the combination.
**2014 data does not include Oriental Breweries, South Korea, or additional Asia-Pacific Zone breweries acquired during the course of the year, as we did not have operational control for the entire year.
***2016 data only cover sites for which AB InBev has full management control since 01 Jan 2016.
**** On 23 June 2016 a worker died inside the Nanchang plant, China, due to a heat stroke. The investigation could not determine if this case was work related or not. Heat strokes which are not clearly work related are not considered to be in scope for this report. However, we have decided to consider all heat stroke cases inside the plants as work related as of 2017, unless there is clear evidence that the case is not work related.