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. The safety of our employees, contractors and those living near our operations is the first consideration in any business decision. We are convinced a safe working environment, environmentally conscience operation not only protects any individual stepping foot on our operations but ultimately leads to a more efficient and effective operation.

Total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers (DART) are two common metrics used in the industry to measure safety performance. These are Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standardized metrics that help compare data across companies and industries to measure past safety performance. TRIR measures recordable incidents, which include all work related injuries that result in death, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job, or medical treatment beyond first aid. DART measures the total number of incidents that involve days away from work, days of restricted work activity, or days of 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), then dividing by total hours worked by all company employees.

Cimarex's employee TRIR and DART experienced an increase in 2018 due to several minor incidents, half of which were associated with no-fault driving accidents. Although no significant injuries occurred, we treat all incidents with the utmost importance. We investigate every incident to determine the root cause cause to prevent future occurrences with the goal to ensure an accident-free workplace. Cimarex's safety focus is not just limited to Cimarex employees. Our programs are designed to ensure the the safety of everyone in our workforce, whether an employee or contractor. While our employee TRIR increased from 2017 to 2018, our total workforce (employees plus contractors) decreased by 22% year-over-year due to a reduction in contractor incidents. 

Cimarex is focused on training personnel on hazard identification and risk mitigation. We are committed to keeping employees and contractors safe through appropriate education and raising operational awareness with increased distribution of safety alerts. 

Cimarex Safety Standards and Training

  • Periodic review and update of our Environmental, Safety & Health manuals to incorporate the evolving best practices
  • Employees and contractors undergo annual review of job specific safety training topics and perform risk assessments of every activity
  • All contractors are screened through internal and/or third party reviews using criteria based on specific safety metrics
  • Preventative maintenance program for all operated major rotating equipment and gathering systems
    • Includes corrosion protection, systematic pigging to remove potentially corrosive liquids out of pipelines and testing to evaluate the properties of the metal, including wall thickness 

Although we work hard to instill a strong safety culture, incidents can and do occur. In addition to investigating each incident that does occur, Cimarex has implemented safety stand downs to reinforce our safety principles and ensures everyone recognizes the importance of safety for each of our jobs. A "safety stand down" is an event where Cimarex shuts down a job, area or department for a certain period of time to bring all employees and/or contractors together to discuss and reinforce both a specific safety topic(s) and the overall safety culture at Cimarex.

TRIR 2016 2017 2018
Employee 0.44 0.32 0.60
Contractor   0.91 0.80 0.56
Workforce*  0.80 0.72 0.56
DART 2016 2017 2018
Employee 0.11 0.21 0.40
Contractor  0.32 0.46 0.25
Workforce*   0.28  0.42 0.27
*Workforce is defined as Cimarex employees plus contractors. Cimarex contractor TRIR was estimated using API methodology for contractor work exposure hours.