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Act 1974 and the formation of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive. Initially, the NCB offered bereaved families £50 in compensation, but this was raised to £500 for each bereaved family; the organization called the amount “”a good offer””. Many families thought the amount insufficient and petitioned the NCB for an increase; NCB insurance staff advised Robens that “”it is only the hardcore who are trying to capitalize””. Because of the vast quantity and consistency of the spoil, it was a week before all the bodies were recovered; the last victim was found on 28 October. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Aberfan on 29 October to pay their respects to those who had died.
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The tribunal decided that no blame lay with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council or the NUM. Gibbens requested that Davies’s testimony be rejected, on the basis that he “”never appreciated what in fact was the import of his words””. The tribunal agreed, and stated that “”we doubt that he fully understood the grave implication of what he was saying””. The organization’s chairman, Lord Robens, was criticized for making misleading statements and for not providing clarity as to the NCB’s knowledge of the presence of water springs on the hillside. Neither the NCB nor any of its employees were prosecuted and the organization was not fined. This roundup was updated by Katya Weiss-Andersson, a writer and editor who has nearly a decade of experience as a professional chef, and Katrina Munichiello, a writer and editor who specializes in the tea and food industries.
The building also acted as a missing person bureau and its vestry was used by Red Cross volunteers and St John Ambulance stretcher-bearers. Four hundred embalmers volunteered to assist with the cleaning and dressing of the corpses; a contingent that flew over from Northern Ireland removed the seats of their plane to transport child-sized coffins. The smaller Aberfan Calvinistic Chapel nearby was used as a second mortuary from 22 to 29 October. Am by the first members of the morning shift manning the heaps. One of the workers walked to the colliery to report the slip; he returned with the supervisor for the tips, and it was decided that no further work would be done that day, but that a new tipping position would be decided on the following week. Aberfan is in an area of relatively high rainfall, an average of 60 inches a year.
NCB officers covered for him when contacted by Cledwyn Hughes, the Secretary of State for Wales, falsely claiming that Robens was personally directing relief work. Nansi Williams, the school meals clerk, used her body to shield five children, who all survived; Williams did not, and was found by rescuers still holding a pound note she had been collecting as lunch money. Dai Beynon, the deputy headmaster, tried to use a blackboard to shield himself and five children from the slurry pouring through the school. When the avalanche stopped, so did the noise; one resident recalled that “”in that silence you couldn’t hear a bird or a child””. The presence of the springs was common knowledge in the area, and they had been marked on the Ordnance Survey and Geological Society maps since 1874. Tip 4 at Aberfan, which had been used between 1933 and 1945, was large, and had been started on boggy ground between two streams.