Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine 

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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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May 3, 2021




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Tom Scott
Tom Scott 9 days ago
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...!)
Yes but being 50 meters up is far more scary than 6 foot up!
Paf 6 hours ago
@AcogR6 what did kings of kings say
Dean Angelo
Dean Angelo 19 hours ago
@Kalel Alex Yea, been using Flixzone for months myself =)
Kalel Alex
Kalel Alex 19 hours ago
A tip: watch movies at Flixzone. Me and my gf have been using them for watching lots of of movies during the lockdown.
ossous 2 days ago
Steelflex 50 minutes ago
carlowens10 Hour ago
Welldone geeza i bet that took your brain some convincing to lean back there haha
fouoii gyhh
fouoii gyhh 3 hours ago
i love the dude being interviewed, absolute legend
こんなもん 30年ももたんだろ
fouoii gyhh
fouoii gyhh 3 hours ago
this just activated my claustrophobia
Kelly Carr
Kelly Carr 3 hours ago
Blooper- Turbine comes on , cables get caught and Tom goes for a ride in giant circles . BlllOOOoooOOOoooDDDyyy HHHEeeeEEEeeeEEEeeeLLL!
the.raven 4 hours ago
this gives me anxiety
Danny Cortez
Danny Cortez 5 hours ago
Yea, only if it were that easy!
OneCupOfCoffee204 5 hours ago
What is the life expectancy of a wind turbine? And how much does it cost to dismantle one? How many birds per year do they kill?
OneCupOfCoffee204 5 hours ago
How much does it cost to change blades?
OneCupOfCoffee204 5 hours ago
How long does it take for these wind turbines to become profitable?
Jesse Toner
Jesse Toner 5 hours ago
I work in wind, in the US. I climb 80 meter towers every day, but unfortunately have never been allowed to do an external evacuation. No longer a part of our training, we use dummies for practice. Jealous!
XULTAIFF 5 hours ago
This definitely has radiation right ?
Rhodesia 6 hours ago
this is one of Tom's coolest videos
baylinkdashyt 7 hours ago
3:47 Ok... that's as much of this as I can watch. :-}
Luke Sites
Luke Sites 7 hours ago
Hey I do this every day rn haha. Our turbines are 280 feet tall tho
Bluedberry 8 hours ago
I can't even begin to imagine the amount of fear I wold have descending.
David Schaefer
David Schaefer 9 hours ago
There be googly eyes on his helmet
andrew100z 10 hours ago
Bravo, good video! From Canada
Polat Alemdar
Polat Alemdar 10 hours ago
I got stressed out watching this video
Snorefest 11 hours ago
this just activated my claustrophobia
razerbaz 11 hours ago
The fire service would climb this.
PreEnabled 12 hours ago
My hands and feet started sweating watching his descent.
KroneYT 13 hours ago
I'm a strong, *_strong_* advocate for nuclear energy due to it being clean and safe (despite what many may be lead to believe due to a certain... erm, soviet incident... not like the soviets are exactly who we should be turning to for the concept of quality and safety standards) but my god, this looks so cool! I'd love to work on these things!
Alex Harris
Alex Harris 13 hours ago
For some reason it never occurred to me that Wind Turbines had doors and had interiors. I thought they were maintained from the outside.
Opacity 14 hours ago
when you started going off the edge i got so much anxiety
Ninja Nerd Student #69
That emergency exit is safer than fire escape ladders.
Robert Craig
Robert Craig 14 hours ago
I worked on water towers but the wind turbines you're on are a lot taller. I would love to climb it just to see the view. Seems like a mile hi. WOW!!
Robert Day
Robert Day 14 hours ago
Great when the wind blows 🤣 we'll have to sit in the dark when it doesn't 🙄
Chocolate Beans
Chocolate Beans 15 hours ago
this video reminds me of that one photo of 2 engineers hugging eachother on a burning turbine and now am sad :(
popperbits 15 hours ago
Standing on top of a wind turbine is safer than standing on a 6ft ladder? Tell that to the 2 men who were photographed shortly before they died while trapped on top of a turbine with the way down blocked because of fire! No thanks, I'll take my chances with the 6ft ladder!
Wearisome Nomad
Wearisome Nomad 16 hours ago
Why is your selfie pole edited out of the video as you descend?
sirchicken food
sirchicken food 17 hours ago
clearly didn't have one in that video of the two dudes clinging on for dear life on top of one which was on fire.
TheSackese 17 hours ago
Funny how the selfie stick was removed (it also removed part of your hand making it look weird), but you could still see the shadow.
Vex2K4 18 hours ago
Pov this channel was in your recommended
Meu Canto Games
Meu Canto Games 18 hours ago
Love that green exit signal in the wall, very funny!
Zach P
Zach P 18 hours ago
The most mind blowing thing here is that invisible selfie stick.
d1ckyj0nes 19 hours ago
Can't help but think of that video with the two repairmen stuck on the burning turbine
Hexus Mexus
Hexus Mexus 19 hours ago
You remember those two guys who burnt to death one jumped on the windmill
mikin lirou
mikin lirou 19 hours ago
by then.
The 360 camera was a great tool for this video amazing
mikin lirou
mikin lirou 19 hours ago
My Hands: 💧💧💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦
ABAlphaBeta 20 hours ago
Me with vertigo: wow nice
Ismalith 21 hour ago
When I went up a wind turbine as a teenager there where no ropes or safety, we just had gloves to not slip that easy. Also it was a lot wider and higher, I remember how scary it was hanging on a ladder 30m over a steel plate.
aspire 21 hour ago
Cameraman: I am light years ahead
Walter Walterson
Walter Walterson 21 hour ago
i really wanna rappel down that
George Gildenhuys
George Gildenhuys 22 hours ago
No. That’s scary AF!
unbreakable footage
Roblox Player
Why not stairs? Stairs are more safer, You can even add barriers to them, Theres so much space in it!
Kombi 88
Kombi 88 Day ago
Any OnlyConnectFans here?
How did the cameramen record the descent? By drone?
Daniel Schwitzky
Sitting here with a thought. Are you brave or stupid? Personally, I hate heights, so it was hard to watch the video.
Speedy Wheels pak
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Harry Mu
Harry Mu Day ago
dangit I thought they were using a magnetic brake
Sharp Xenon
Sharp Xenon Day ago
Tom's just experiencing everything with a USlift channel as a cover
Appalachian Wanderer
If I wasn't unconscious during the emergency descent, I would be before I reached the ground.
S Maksymiv
S Maksymiv Day ago
That's a fancy prusic hitch ... how much that set you back ?
Wv44 Day ago
My Hands: 💧💧💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦
Lea K
Lea K Day ago
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
If I was you, I'd be I'd be like "I'm gonna die"
shani yan
shani yan Day ago
Can you imagine passing out, then someone yeets you out the emergency exit just for you to wake up on the way down
Carnbyarst Day ago
I could definitely feel something tightening up as got out on top of the turbine...
shani yan
shani yan Day ago
Next Episode... NASA: Tom, you want to go on a trip to the ISS? Tom: Only if I can do a space walk.
carloshpbr Day ago
Hands literally pissing.... anyone else?
i suddenly would be okay to work on turbines
Beam Trading
Beam Trading Day ago
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 Day ago
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 Day ago
Dutchie M
Dutchie M Day ago
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 Day ago
4:12 Tom Scott defusing a bomb
Bernard Hodgson
Very interesting 👌
Ben Crawshaw
Ben Crawshaw Day ago
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 Day ago
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 Day ago
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 Day ago
Used to work for these guys, the views from the top was one of the best parts of the job.
derek876544 Day ago
Also emergency pants change when you reach the ground
I didnt even make it to the outside shots before I couldn't watch any more, fear of heights x,x
freggo Day ago
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 Day ago
*sweaty palms intensifies*
Andrew N
Andrew N Day ago
..and this is why I am not a youtuber :) My heart stopped just watching this.
Gautham Ram
Gautham Ram Day ago
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 Day ago
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 Day ago
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 Day ago
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
Sherlyn Fernandes
I wish I could jump too, with the safety equipment of course 😁
cqvio doli
cqvio doli Day ago
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!!
I illegally climb cranes, i dont wanna work construction but this seems cool af
cqvio doli
cqvio doli Day ago
I'm good with dirty old blood stained oil. It stays on the ground
John Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IV
ooo i wonder how the fans have mysteriously broken themselves today up i gooooo
Jonathan Day ago
The thumbnail reminded me of the two young engineers that died in a wind turbine fire a few years back :(
Bassfear_ Day ago
Lets just say it... Any safety is good stuff
A Guy
A Guy Day ago
that was AWESOME
Iona Day ago
"Look at that view!" *boring brown muddy grass fields below*
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
Corona virus didn't work now they are throwing rockets at us
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Mr. Blue
Mr. Blue Day ago
4:13 OH HELL NO!!
Oenomaus left eye
Wouldn’t get me up there if you welded me to the ladder
Aloysius Flartey
Interesting video beats sitting in front of a computer screen all day
RantKid Day ago
Once again living vicariously through Tom Scott
Abdul Waseh
Abdul Waseh Day ago
No wind blowing. Thank God for that.
Wow, kudos for doing that Tom
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