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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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    6 天 前

    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...!)

    • Bread Emoji • 60 years ago

      Bread Emoji • 60 years ago

      6 小时 前


    • Takin Daneshmir

      Takin Daneshmir

      6 小时 前

      Cool Video! I noticed how you've been using the red line/Arrow on the left side of your thumbnail images for the videos And I was wondering if there's anything significant about the layout or subconscious draw to that template?

    • Sad


      天 前

      Hi, can we expect more videos on wind turbines and how they work and how they are operated? This is very interesting! :)

    • BENTIK soibam

      BENTIK soibam

      天 前


    • It's Ok To Be White

      It's Ok To Be White

      天 前

      Could have just made the video longer. Brilliant idea

  2. Ayzklymbr


    54 分钟 前

    Tom Scott > Tom Cruise



    54 分钟 前

    Wow great video, nerve-racking but great

  4. Critical Event

    Critical Event

    55 分钟 前

    I used to climb radio towers for a living but I had the opportunity to climb one of the bigger turbines once, the feeling of being outside on that wet curved surface at the top was way more unnerving than hanging off any piece of angle iron I've hung from my finger tips on.

  5. Qnasher


    小时 前


  6. ABN Nuzzi Nicholas Clay

    ABN Nuzzi Nicholas Clay

    小时 前

    Turbines are a scam

  7. PizzaPuntThomas


    2 小时 前

    I love how tom doenst cut away those 'and thats a video' things

  8. Mohit singh

    Mohit singh

    2 小时 前

    Na, if i do that my heart and my balls would switch their places with each other instantly.

  9. Jason Aspinall

    Jason Aspinall

    3 小时 前

    ...and the best part of Octopus is their 5p/kwh overnight leccy rate to charge my EV :)

  10. laskin riubn

    laskin riubn

    3 小时 前

    Tom: "Look at that view!!!" Me: grabs desk, tries not to pass out.

  11. Bobby Portman

    Bobby Portman

    4 小时 前

    Safest Job there is. Unless a fire starts below and youre on top.

    • laskin riubn

      laskin riubn

      3 小时 前

      I’ve got two wires

  12. Banned Conservative

    Banned Conservative

    4 小时 前

    Turbines are not green or renewable

  13. matthew norman

    matthew norman

    4 小时 前

    How would a guy go about getting one of those retired blades, when they replace them? if they are hollow i would like to see if i can use them in a boat design as additional buoyancy. do the cans get replaced too? if so what would they take to get ahold of as well?

  14. Luke


    5 小时 前

    What happens if you are climbing the tower and you accidentally slip and fall upwards? Will the failsafe work?

  15. Torpisoul


    5 小时 前

    Yay Octopus! (My provider)

  16. Euphoric Eugene

    Euphoric Eugene

    5 小时 前

    i am proud of you Tom! I know you are afraid of heights

  17. Nethiuz


    5 小时 前

    It's Tom, i like before video starts.

  18. Lars L

    Lars L

    5 小时 前

    Wasn't it because of a Netherland Wind Turbine incident, where two engineers died because of a fire and blocked emergency escape, that these external emergency descendts became mandatory?

  19. Aristotally


    5 小时 前

    Maybe I'm dumb but wouldn't it be a good idea to wrap ther turbine in solar panels? It's already producing power and it's absorbing a tonne of sunlight so...



    5 小时 前

    Girls :why we live longer Boys 4:58



    5 小时 前

    4:14 what you came for

  22. manta1969manta


    6 小时 前

    😂😂😂 forgets to walking- main mistake😂😂😂

  23. Conor Utterback

    Conor Utterback

    6 小时 前

    Biggest balls of the year award goes to: Sir Thomas Scott

  24. LJSE


    6 小时 前

    You, and all the lads that work there, have massive pairs of nuts to do that!

  25. Lloyd Hardin

    Lloyd Hardin

    6 小时 前

    After all that talk about it it didn't even look like they lowered him down on a controlled rate descender, looked more like a releasable. Also this is the greatest job ever. Blade Repair via Rope Access

  26. Sharpie Boi

    Sharpie Boi

    6 小时 前

    Would your face hit the ladder if the harness caught you?

  27. BlueCarnage


    6 小时 前

    I’ve got two wires

  28. outcastkatsuki


    7 小时 前

    Nope nope nope x infinity



    7 小时 前

    Jesus christ this scared me

  30. Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    7 小时 前

    Nice :)

  31. Anonymous Suomynona

    Anonymous Suomynona

    8 小时 前

    You couldn't pay me to do this

  32. Adam Dornberger

    Adam Dornberger

    8 小时 前

    Ur guy has 4 minutes to get to the ground before he's dead

  33. Adam Dornberger

    Adam Dornberger

    8 小时 前

    Use a fisk

  34. ken bosco

    ken bosco

    8 小时 前

    “I’ve got two balls “but they are no way big enough to ascend or descend a wind turbine.

  35. Terd Ferguson

    Terd Ferguson

    9 小时 前

    Great attitude to fight your fear, state the obvious.

  36. caribbeanchild


    9 小时 前

    The wind turbines are what need to make the exit!

  37. juicy orange

    juicy orange

    9 小时 前

    Never in a million life times will I ever do that. Decend or climb a wind turbine

  38. EMC


    9 小时 前

    no no no no no no

  39. Lucian MAFIA

    Lucian MAFIA

    9 小时 前

    😄 ..𝑺𝒐 𝒘𝒆'𝒓𝒆 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇𝒊𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈?.. 4:51

  40. Anthony Elwick

    Anthony Elwick

    10 小时 前

    Is this because of those two people who died from a fire on one?

  41. Nathan Hatfield

    Nathan Hatfield

    10 小时 前

    Awww. You didn’t show my favorite part. The thousands and thousands of birds killed each year by wind turbines.

  42. Austin Denotter

    Austin Denotter

    10 小时 前

    Has a government funded wind turbine ever paid for itself?

  43. Raul Rojas

    Raul Rojas

    10 小时 前

    Wow! I felt the pain in my legs!

  44. Hey Dude

    Hey Dude

    11 小时 前

    They're 140 meters or 450 feet in America.

  45. RockBoy


    11 小时 前

    Does this count as rapelling down a building? (even if it isn't a building)

  46. jbraun23


    11 小时 前

    Imagine regaining consciousness halfway down..

  47. Sazzy


    11 小时 前

    Me: theres a fire and I need to get to the emergency exit! The emergency exit: *just climb that 60 foot ladder over there*

  48. Helladamnleet


    11 小时 前

    Bravo! A Tom Scott video I actually liked! Idk what it is about you, bro. You seem like an awesome guy, and I'm sure we'd get along, I just feel like I'm watching the news or something when you're videos come one.

  49. Velfeeda


    11 小时 前

    wow. props for 4:15..... all i can say is never in a million years

  50. thetommantom


    11 小时 前

    I climbed a radio tower same fall arrest except it wasn't such a nice clean ladder

  51. Regdu Geht

    Regdu Geht

    12 小时 前

    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!!

  52. BaronVonBork


    12 小时 前

    TIL these things have insides

    • Regdu Geht

      Regdu Geht

      12 小时 前

      I’d love a job like that, so cool!

  53. Bryan Duke

    Bryan Duke

    12 小时 前

    Why Nuclear power plant is so much better worked on the USS Enterprise in the 90s and not Star Trek.

  54. pimpshiza


    12 小时 前

    Tom Scott, known for having big balls of steel!

  55. Anthony Moser

    Anthony Moser

    12 小时 前

    Rapping off the east ledges of El Caption has a much better view in my opinion.

  56. Rex 81-12

    Rex 81-12

    13 小时 前

    I'm not afraid of heights but that.... That scares me

  57. B Kingski

    B Kingski

    14 小时 前

    I could never... Nope.

  58. Daryl Baines

    Daryl Baines

    14 小时 前

    Didn't fancy doing the full John Noakes?

  59. Braeburn Hilliard

    Braeburn Hilliard

    14 小时 前

    Wow, I don't know if I could have had the nerves to just walk backwards off of a turbine like that! Good job!

  60. Callisto Music

    Callisto Music

    14 小时 前

    From my experience repelling, it’s terrifying to transition when the wall is 15 feet tall. I can’t imagine trying to transition on top of a turbine

  61. lufcwls


    14 小时 前

    I am so jealous!

  62. REBUG


    14 小时 前

    Brilliant watch that! Would love to do this as my job!

  63. Jodigo


    14 小时 前

    In the zombie apocalypse a wind turbine is a decent place to hide

  64. Angry Gnome

    Angry Gnome

    15 小时 前

    Ruin your day if you miss calculated the rope Length.

  65. Charlie Fox

    Charlie Fox

    15 小时 前

    This was great. I would do that in a second, no doubt.

  66. Apex 223

    Apex 223

    15 小时 前

    What if it's on fire?

  67. Ryan50Ryan


    15 小时 前


  68. cwuzii


    15 小时 前

    I’d love a job like that, so cool!

  69. Truth Seeker

    Truth Seeker

    16 小时 前

    Tom Scott or.... Tony Greenberg

  70. Rustacean


    16 小时 前

    Lmfao nope.

  71. Loogi Balloogi

    Loogi Balloogi

    16 小时 前

    I'd honestly rather glide down on the emergency exit instead of using the ladder.

  72. John McDonald

    John McDonald

    17 小时 前

    For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23) There is nothing more important then getting right with the Creator, Jesus Christ. Those that refuse to come before him and repent with godly sorrow for sinning against him will stand before him in judgment and be cast into the lake of fire. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Heb 9:27) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)

  73. Ivor O'Connor

    Ivor O'Connor

    17 小时 前

    I wonder if they coached Tom to focus on the protection two ropes offered?

  74. Ivor O'Connor

    Ivor O'Connor

    17 小时 前

    I understand the wind is blowing strong enough to power wind turbines virtually anywhere as long as the base is 150 meters up. That's 3x higher than this turbine. Also at that height they on average can produce 20 times the power that one produces. Not 3x the power. Unfortunately these mega structures need an Elon Musk to push them through.

  75. Team BjörksLarden

    Team BjörksLarden

    17 小时 前

    last year i climbed to the top of a 80 metre radio tower. i had no fall arrest system, no ropes, no failsafe. it was very stupid i know but it was a very nice view at the top.

  76. bluishjules


    18 小时 前

    this looks SO. DAMN. FUN.

  77. Daurak


    18 小时 前

    Hey look, it’s a ten year old rock climbing

  78. ChaR F0x

    ChaR F0x

    18 小时 前

    was the cameraman floating in the last part? who was filming??

  79. Euclidean Plane

    Euclidean Plane

    18 小时 前

    it's not going to work if it's too windy and the engines are over heating and you'd be blown everywhere if you even tried the fan blade would cut your rope immediately or send your flying or repeatedly hitting the ground over and over.

  80. Mircea020


    19 小时 前

    In case you wonder if there's any form of slow motion bungee jumping well... there is

  81. Sam Butler

    Sam Butler

    19 小时 前

    There were a bunch of motors inside once you got to the top, presumably they let the turbine pivot to face whichever direction the wind is coming from? I never thought about if they turn before.

  82. revise hellenologophobic

    revise hellenologophobic

    19 小时 前

    Cool seeing this as it is on my bucket list. Fingers crossed I be able to do so. Who knows. 😊

  83. Alpha to Zulu

    Alpha to Zulu

    19 小时 前

    Octopuses love wind turbines

  84. Michał Krzyżanowski

    Michał Krzyżanowski

    19 小时 前

    It remids me of Portal's 2 Wheatly quote: "Do not look down, do not look down, do not look down.. ahhh! I lookd down!"

  85. CommanderDanger


    19 小时 前

    One word. NOPE

  86. Ruth Beaty

    Ruth Beaty

    20 小时 前

    Well...that' just a whole lot of NOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPE!!! And now, excuse me, I have to go lay down, on the ground...

  87. Sp1der44


    20 小时 前

    You'll feel better to know the breaking strength of a 1/2 inch Blue Water rope is 7,500 - 10,000 lbs and you had two of those attached to you - By all accounts the rope will break you long before you'll break it (which is also why its so important to manage a falls distance on ropes) after folks hear how insanely strong their equipment is, its actually easier to relax a bit and trust in it.

  88. beefboi1997


    20 小时 前

    Wind turbines will never be carbon neutral

  89. badreality2


    20 小时 前

    Why does the green exit sign have a guy running to a door?

  90. Олег


    20 小时 前

    3:15 the heck is this weird jump on resq box ?

  91. Fallout Wars

    Fallout Wars

    20 小时 前

    Him : oh look at that view Me : ima just take the ladder

  92. Black Opal Farm

    Black Opal Farm

    20 小时 前

    My dude had to keep reminding himself he's got two wires I feel you I wouldn't do it with three 😂

  93. yuitr loing

    yuitr loing

    21 小时 前

    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!!

  94. Alan Broadhurst-Hall

    Alan Broadhurst-Hall

    21 小时 前

    I think I speak for a lot of people when I say “F**K THAT!” 😲 You wouldn’t even get me up there, nevermind down the outside!!

    • yuitr loing

      yuitr loing

      21 小时 前

      I really appreciate the googly eyes on the hat.

  95. bear watches vids

    bear watches vids

    21 小时 前

    tom should run for parliament again

  96. BeanbagTheMeanbag


    21 小时 前

    My hands are looking sweat and my feet are tingling just watching.

  97. jessica


    21 小时 前

    I'm terrified of being super high up even watching this makes me tingly. 😂backing off the ledge is a no for me. Very brave people

  98. Robert Lawson

    Robert Lawson

    21 小时 前

    Nope. No. No. Uh uh. Nope.

  99. zeeheaded


    21 小时 前

    Huh brain kinda had a moment processing that the selfie stick is edited out.

  100. David


    21 小时 前

    What happens when you gotta use the bathroom? You fling it as far as you can?