The Aberfan Disaster: A Tragic Industrial Accident in Wales

TLDR The small village of Aberfan in Wales was devastated by an industrial accident in 1966, when a massive wave of mining waste material engulfed the town, resulting in the deaths of 144 people, including 128 children. The National Coal Board was found to be responsible for the disaster, but faced no consequences, leading to new legislation for improved safety measures.

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00:00 The small village of Aberfan, Wales experienced one of the worst industrial accidents in British history, changing the lives of everyone in the village forever.
01:38 The village of Aberfan in Wales had a population of about 5,000 people in 1966, with most families being involved in the nearby coal mine, and the disaster began with a spoil tip that had reached a height of 111 feet and contained a large amount of material.
03:15 On the morning of the disaster, a giant pile of mining waste material stood over the town of Aberfan on wet ground after heavy rainfall, and work on the pile had halted due to a sinkhole and the need to find a new place for the debris.
04:38 At 9.15 am, a massive wave of debris from the mining waste material rushed down the mountain, demolishing buildings and burying the Pan Class Junior School, resulting in the deaths of 144 people, including 128 children, with rescue efforts hindered by the quick solidification of the slurry.
06:09 The Prime Minister called for an inquiry into the cause of the disaster and bodies were recovered, while the National Coal Board began to deny responsibility.
07:36 The tribunal determined that the National Coal Board was to blame for the disaster and had legal liability to pay compensation, but they resisted taking responsibility and the cost of cleanup and compensation had to come from donations and individual families.
09:00 The National Coal Board was found to be at fault for the disaster, engaged in a cover-up, and neglected safety on the surface, but no one faced consequences, and new legislation was passed to prevent future disasters.
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