Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine
Wind turbines have emergency exits, but they might not be for the reason you think. • Thanks to Octopus Energy: octopus.energy/octopus-fan-club/ (This video isn't sponsored, but obviously they did let me go up their wind turbine.)
Drone camera: Tom Francone
Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
Thanks very much to all the team at Octopus Energy and EWT!
Filmed safely: www.tomscott.com/safe/
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

    I couldn't find a way to fit this into the video, but rather wonderfully, this turbine is called Octopus Energy's "#1 Fan". Thanks to all the team there, and the rope access team at EWT. This wasn't sponsored, and Octopus had no control over the final video, but obviously they did let me go up their conveniently-branded wind turbine in an effort to boost their brand. (If any other companies would like to show me around their conveniently-branded spectacular facilities, they should definitely get in touch...!)

    • ossous


    • Matthijs Schrijvers
      Matthijs Schrijvers

      Why can i only see half of your hand in 5:03 ? Is it because of the selfie stick?

    • Isaac Starling
      Isaac Starling

      @Aidan Pryde oh ,thanks

    • truckjumperdude


    • Thee Chad Slayer
      Thee Chad Slayer

      This seems like a newer version turbine I have seen videos of people stuck on a full turbine and there was no emergency exits on it and they have died

  • S Maksymiv
    S Maksymiv

    That's a fancy prusic hitch ... how much that set you back ?

  • Wv44

    My Hands: 💧💧💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦

  • Lea K
    Lea K

    Honestly. The transition from stading upright to perpendicular to the wall is the scariest part. Once harness system is taut and your legs are parallel it's suddenly fun again.

  • mohammad reza
    mohammad reza

    If I was you, I'd be I'd be like "I'm gonna die"

  • shani yan
    shani yan

    Can you imagine passing out, then someone yeets you out the emergency exit just for you to wake up on the way down

  • Carnbyarst

    I could definitely feel something tightening up as got out on top of the turbine...

    • shani yan
      shani yan

      Next Episode... NASA: Tom, you want to go on a trip to the ISS? Tom: Only if I can do a space walk.

  • carloshpbr

    Hands literally pissing.... anyone else?

  • FloatingToa5t

    i suddenly would be okay to work on turbines

  • Beam Trading
    Beam Trading

    So the emergency escape system is a RAT with a double rope abseil system who conveniently happens to be there the day you need an escape? Even though the guy said the emergency escape system is an inertia real descender? Also, in the UK, a HART, SORT, mountain rescue, or SAR Helicopter can and do rescue injured personnel from a turbine, including offshore turbine installations

  • madera648

    This video proves how unpractical and inefficient wind turbines are. Each turbine requires 15 years of uninterrupted running in order to offset the carbon emissions required to produce said wind turbine but that is seldom the case, they will last 7-8 years at best. Wind turbines constantly break, require constant maintenance, repair, and replacement parts where it's not even viable to keep making them until they can actually run for the 15 years necessary.

  • Steve Kratz
    Steve Kratz


  • Dutchie M
    Dutchie M

    Should have had this in The Netherlands. Two young men died when the wind turbine caught fire while they were on top. They had the choice. Try to descend the ladder and burn in the flames or jump off from the top and hope you make it. One jumped but did not make it. The other, who was a 21 year old mechanic, tried the ladder and died in the flames. It was a sad day

  • Hari Mistry
    Hari Mistry

    4:12 Tom Scott defusing a bomb

  • Bernard Hodgson
    Bernard Hodgson

    Very interesting 👌

  • Ben Crawshaw
    Ben Crawshaw

    Gone are the days of men will balls like Fred Dibnah. I Must admit having done absailing myself that would have been quite nerve racking.

  • True River
    True River

    Stepping off the edge is the scary part of any abseil. Once you get your legs free and you can still feel you have weigh, especially around where the ropes fasten to your harness, it becomes fun. But how I hate those few seconds going over the edge...

  • Tony Montana
    Tony Montana


  • DeliriousIntentions

    They need it! Windmill maintenance has the highest death rate out of all the energy sources. More people have died, in the last decade in the UK alone, then all of nuclear energy production in history!

  • nikolait5

    Used to work for these guys, the views from the top was one of the best parts of the job.

  • derek876544

    Also emergency pants change when you reach the ground

  • NovaProspekt1337

    I didnt even make it to the outside shots before I couldn't watch any more, fear of heights x,x

  • freggo

    Next Episode... NASA: Tom, you want to go on a trip to the ISS? Tom: Only if I can do a space walk.

  • Lapiz Lazuli
    Lapiz Lazuli

    *sweaty palms intensifies*

  • Andrew N
    Andrew N

    ..and this is why I am not a youtuber :) My heart stopped just watching this.

  • Gautham Ram
    Gautham Ram

    We manufacture these emergency descent systems here in India for a German company, and gets installed in all these wind turbines. It’s got an internal gearing and brake system which works on centripetal force and slows you down if you go faster than a set velocity. Quite clever little mechanism, but has to be made precisely, somebody’s life depends on it. Happy to see this video!

    • Gautham Ram
      Gautham Ram

      P. S there is also a high speed electric chain hoist in the nacelle of the wind turbine which is used to lift and lower tools and equipment. We also manufacture the chain hoist for many wind turbine OEMs, also for EWT :)

  • TempVo

    You should at least train with it more just because it’s the last resort does not mean it shouldn’t be practiced

  • Doc Holliday
    Doc Holliday

    You don’t train with it often because ideally you shouldn’t need it!? Sorry but that’s a real piss poor excuse for not training on something that could save your life. Buildings have fire drills every 6 months but I can’t even remember the last time I heard of a building needing to actually be evacuated because of a fire.

  • Stephen Maher
    Stephen Maher


  • Sherlyn Fernandes
    Sherlyn Fernandes

    I wish I could jump too, with the safety equipment of course 😁

  • cqvio doli
    cqvio doli

    Sad thing about this is a lot of people will just never realise just how imppossibly hard it is to just step off the top of that and absail down. Respect!!

  • T H O N K I N G I N T E N S I F I E S
    T H O N K I N G I N T E N S I F I E S

    I illegally climb cranes, i dont wanna work construction but this seems cool af

    • cqvio doli
      cqvio doli

      I'm good with dirty old blood stained oil. It stays on the ground

  • John Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IV
    John Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IV

    ooo i wonder how the fans have mysteriously broken themselves today up i gooooo

  • Jonathan

    The thumbnail reminded me of the two young engineers that died in a wind turbine fire a few years back :(

  • Bassfear_

    Lets just say it... Any safety is good stuff

  • A Guy
    A Guy

    that was AWESOME

  • Iona

    "Look at that view!" *boring brown muddy grass fields below*

  • Gabriel Tobing
    Gabriel Tobing

    If only they had an emergency exit for those two engineers who were stuck up a turbine during a fire, where one jumped for it and the other burned.

  • Raymond Johnston
    Raymond Johnston

    Corona virus didn't work now they are throwing rockets at us

  • tyuhf sdftvhu
    tyuhf sdftvhu

    随着22届世界法轮大法日在即,马萨诸塞州参议院和众议院发表官方引用其祝贺新英格兰法轮大法协会。 马萨诸塞州参议院的引文 参议院引用承认“法轮大法社区的弹性在逆境和承诺,以真,善,忍的原则的,在22之际届世界法轮大法日的周年纪念日。 麻省众议院引文 众议院引文中写道:“马萨诸塞州众议院对马萨诸塞州的法轮大法协会表示最诚挚的祝贺,以庆祝法轮大法日的庆祝活动。全体成员致以最良好的祝愿,并表

  • Mr. Blue
    Mr. Blue

    4:13 OH HELL NO!!

  • Oenomaus left eye
    Oenomaus left eye

    Wouldn’t get me up there if you welded me to the ladder

  • Aloysius Flartey
    Aloysius Flartey

    Interesting video beats sitting in front of a computer screen all day

  • RantKid

    Once again living vicariously through Tom Scott

  • Abdul Waseh
    Abdul Waseh

    No wind blowing. Thank God for that.

  • unapalomablanc

    Wow, kudos for doing that Tom

  • george benson
    george benson

    I'd faint just thinking I gotta go down the outside

  • Aku Aku Black
    Aku Aku Black

    I'm good with dirty old blood stained oil. It stays on the ground

  • Bimon1234567


  • Jast Mallat
    Jast Mallat

    Okay, but everything about this is legit so cool

  • Newwavepressure

    Iv seen the video of the fire and i dont think they made it y didnt they have one of these

  • Lloyd

    I’m sure they have procedures they are following, but those belay knots scare the crap out of me. You do a double 8 and a safety for absolutely foolproof visual confirmation that a knot is sound.

  • Trey T
    Trey T

    ok yep that is one job that i could never do

  • toijg avnnr
    toijg avnnr

    i find it nice that people ask if you’d like to check out their stuff and you saying yes to it

  • Braindoner101

    So... what’s the procedure if you’re on the top with no way down and a fire is going on inside the turbine? Well besides jumping to your death.

    • toijg avnnr
      toijg avnnr

      @4:27 It took me a moment to consciously clock that the selfie-stick was edited out, and I presume automatically.

  • Henninger Henningstone
    Henninger Henningstone

    I just realised that the thumbnail of this tom scott video uses a red circle!!11! however, it was done wrong! the red circle isn't supposed to actually point something out 😂

  • Joshua Ferguson
    Joshua Ferguson

    the thing looks like a side ways ceiling fan on a stand

  • Olli Kärkkäinen
    Olli Kärkkäinen

    Nice like / dislike ratio!

  • The kilted gardener!
    The kilted gardener!

    I was up some 16ft ladders, my latest vid baby steps, now I think they were just ant steps, cheese n spice that's high. and a shed load of nopes from me!

  • Agenda2020

    Damn you have balls out of steel bro 😂 high respect 👍👍

  • tigress63

    O M G not something I would want to do

  • Michael Towler
    Michael Towler

    I thought I saw a video of 3 workers who died when they were stuck on a burning wind turbine, so what happened there to the fail-safe safety devices. Going out and over with just those wire holding you, I just wouldn't have to guts and my legs would be like jello.

  • The Slap
    The Slap

    'I've got two wires on me, I'VE GOT TWO WIRESSS'. ...and pants full of s**t.

  • Oliver

    My stomach was not amused while watching this video

  • Rebel Greninja • 69 years ago
    Rebel Greninja • 69 years ago

    are we gonna talk about the 2 googly eyes on tom's hat?

  • Michel Sakakini
    Michel Sakakini

    Not gonna lie. I dont know if I would be able to do this.

  • James Barca
    James Barca

    I would much rather fall off a six foot ladder than fall wearing a slider (or grabber as we call them in the US). The lanyard attached to your harness stretches several feet before stopping you, and you _will_ be slammed into the steel ladder in the process and left dangling God knows how high off the ground. Hopefully you weren't hurt too bad in the process, b/c now you have to climb all the way back down. This guy is either completely downplaying, or doesn't truly understand, the risk.

  • Mr Mirech
    Mr Mirech

    My dad works at the top of a wind turbine!

  • Heather Blackwell
    Heather Blackwell

    Only problem with octopus energy is that the octupus symbol just flatout reminds me of Hydra

  • Thank you For Coming
    Thank you For Coming

    Great to see the insides of one of these! Cheers.

  • Tom Rosbotham
    Tom Rosbotham

    @4:27 It took me a moment to consciously clock that the selfie-stick was edited out, and I presume automatically.

  • Huzza TV - DreamBook
    Huzza TV - DreamBook

    200% Mark for Mic 🎤

  • Vineeth Raj
    Vineeth Raj

    I use Octopus evergy too.

  • Poly Hexamethyl
    Poly Hexamethyl

    4:52 It's all fun and games until the wind blows you around to the other side into the path of the rotating blades! :-o

  • RyRy Wags
    RyRy Wags

    Amazing video, looks like fun!

  • Scriptr


  • Domination Gaming
    Domination Gaming

    Thanks for the cameraman for being creative mode to record the video

  • Thirdie Dinauto
    Thirdie Dinauto

    My god that was so scary I kind of felt the nervousness that Tom felt ngl

  • Baljeet Singh
    Baljeet Singh

    I thought they have a parachute at top for emergency.

  • Ernie D
    Ernie D

    Before a single blade hits a bird or bat, their lungs explode from the low pressure created by windmills

  • Crystal Lake
    Crystal Lake

    this is a small turbine compared to the ones in my backyard.

  • Kris Carlisle
    Kris Carlisle

    Alternative title: "How to Freak Out, While Maintain a Professional Demeanor"

  • Jack Dixon
    Jack Dixon

    *abseiling down the side of a wind turbine. There you go, i fixed the title

  • Brian Brewster
    Brian Brewster

    Looks like a blast! Should open this emergency exit to the public and charge $100 a pop.

  • Dylan

    Emergency exit aint fast enough

  • Pedram Naghieh
    Pedram Naghieh

    All i could hear was this: " I have two eyes on me, I have to eyes on me, I am pissing my pants, I have to eyes on me" 😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣

  • Kyle H.
    Kyle H.

    Been working in service for wind turbines 10 years now and still unable to do this.

  • Scott Duffy
    Scott Duffy

    waste of money and resources shite

    • Connor Egan
      Connor Egan


  • Anchor9Studios

    I’d like to know how Tom can make his stick holding the camera look invisible.

  • Hexa Bundle
    Hexa Bundle

    I have anxiety FOR you

  • Dog Supremacy
    Dog Supremacy

    Wow, all those piles of dead bald eagles from the windmill cancer is hard to stomach.

  • Billy bob Doge
    Billy bob Doge

    What if it’s for whatever reason falling

  • IconoclastUK

    Why does this video exist? Did the AI suggest it?

  • Carlton Harris
    Carlton Harris

    Tom Scott is like a real-life comic book hero!

  • Al Kaholic
    Al Kaholic

    Someone in Octopus' marketing department is doing a grand job. We all know the reason they offered is publicity for their brand name, but I'm cool with that, and it gave us a good show! Maybe more businesses with interesting facilities should consider offering tours to famous youtubers, as long as it's all honest and legit why not.

  • Twitter Cliffdog01
    Twitter Cliffdog01

    I mean if you gave me the option between tediously climbing down a ladder or just abseiling I'd always pick the Abseil.

  • John Johansen
    John Johansen

    Next time go to one of the big ones, with elevator inside. 👍

  • Fourth Horseman
    Fourth Horseman

    Not going to lie, I got sweaty palms just watching this.

  • MisterBuklau

    Why dont they put ladders on the side?

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