Corporate Responsibility

Our approach is to analyze every project individually to determine its economic, safety and environmental impacts over the life of the project

Safety & Health

Karen ACierno

With our Stop Work Authority program, employees and contractors are encouraged to shut down any operation they are uncomfortable with or believe may be unsafe.

Safety is a core value of Cimarex. When making business decisions, a key consideration is the well-being of our workforce and the communities in which we operate. We believe safe and environmentally conscious operations not only protect the individuals on our locations, but also ultimately leads to a more efficient operations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) utilizes standardized metrics to help compare data across various companies and industries to measure past safety performance. Two of these metrics are the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and the Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART) Rate. TRIR measures recordable incidents, which include all work-related injuries that result in death, loss of consciousness, DART, medical treatment beyond first aid, cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured bones or teeth, or a punctured eardrum. DART measures the total number of incidents that involve days away from work, days of restricted work activity, or days of a job transfer. Both metrics are calculated by multiplying the number of incidents by 200,000 (the number of hours worked by 100 full-time employees in one year), and then dividing by total hours worked by all company employees.

Cimarex's employee TRIR and DART were elevated in 2019 compared to 2018, over half of which resulted from overexertion, slips, trips, and falls. Throughout 2019 and the beginning of 2020, Cimarex focused on Stop Work Authority (SWA), proper body positioning, and hazard recognition. To support SWA and hazard recognition, Cimarex implemented a Good Catch program to recognize employees or contractors who identify a potential hazard and then utilize SWA, or take other actions, to prevent safety, health, or environmental incidents from occurring. We are committed to keeping employees and contractors safe by providing the appropriate training, education and tools to raise operational awareness.

Cimarex Safety Standards and Training

Cimarex is continually focused on improving ESH processes, procedures, programs, and protocols. Some of the measures we utilize to accomplish these goal are:

  • Performing periodic reviews and updates of our Environmental Manual and the Safety & Health Manual to incorporate evolving best practices
  • Providing monthly ESH training to company employees and requiring contractors to complete an ESH orientation as well as required training and qualifications to perform their job tasks
  • Providing safety leadership training to operational supervisors through a reputable consulting company
  • Performing internal and third-party reviews to screen all contractors based on safety specific metrics - in 2019, Cimarex conducted 327 audits and reviews of contractors to ensure compliance with Cimarex ESH expectations
  • Developing a preventative maintenance program for all operated major rotating equipment and gathering systems including:
    • Corrosion protection
    • Systematic pigging to remove potentially corrosive liquids from pipelines
    • Testing to evaluate the properties of the metal, including wall thickness

Although Cimarex strives for a culture of safety, accidents can occur. Cimarex conducts an investigation of each reported incident to determine the cause and identify possible measures to prevent future occurrences. Additionally, we implement unannounced safety stand-downs to reinforce our safety principles and to ensure everyone on location recognizes the importance of job safety. A "safety stand-down" is an event where we shut down a job, area, or department for a determined period to gather all employees and/or contractors together to discuss and reinforce specific safety topics and the overall safety culture at Cimarex.

TRIR 2017 2018 2019
Employee 0.32 0.60 0.77
Contractor*  0.80 0.56 0.66
Workforce 0.72 0.56 0.68
DART 2017 2018 2019
Employee 0.21 0.40 0.58
Contractor*  0.46 0.25 0.37
Workforce  0.42  0.27 0.40
Note: Workforce is defined as Cimarex employees plus contractors
*Contractor rates were estimated using the API Survey on Petroleum Industry Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities methodology for contractor work exposure hours