Association members are complying with Governor Manchin’s Executive Order calling for a “stand down” in a variety of ways tailored to the individual situations at each of their mines. Many of the members reported they had already conducted a “stand down” of their own in the wake of the April 5th accident at the Upper Big Branch Mine. During a conference call on Thursday, each of them emphasized the fact that safe conditions and safe practices are of topmost importance everyday at their mines and that Friday will be no different. Training, maintenance, equipment checklists, testing procedures and team building will be among the many tasks performed to sharpen their attention and skills and to honor the miners who lost their lives in the UBB accident. Every members’ goal, everyday, is to do everything possible to make sure everyone goes home safely to their families after their shifts. The Association is proud to represent companies with such an overwhelming commitment to the safety of their people.