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...!)

    • Thomas Dickson
      Thomas Dickson

      @BrutalSwede The explanation makes sense, but I've never made a HRposts video because I don't want to, so I don't actually know how it works 😁

    • Fun Awesome
      Fun Awesome


    • Fusion Online
      Fusion Online


    • Braydon Williams
      Braydon Williams

      Bvvv me vß

    • TrustGoat

      You didn’t fall 😒

  • Flies2FLL

    You literally could not pay me enough to work on one of those things!


    That fall catching slider is based from the same principle of a sprag in an automatic transmission. It will allow a shaft to turn only in one direction.

  • Jaime Coburn
    Jaime Coburn

    You can have that.

  • Javier Torres
    Javier Torres

    I often wonder how many dead birds are at the bottom of those things. Bird strikes are constant in some areas.

  • Alexeut

    4:26 - "Happy?" ... "Happy!" > X DOUBT But I'm right there with you... figuratively... thankfully. That shit's terrifying for any well adjusted person.

  • Irfan Muammar
    Irfan Muammar

    Can they fit a slide spiraling from the top instead? seems fun.

  • Rufs

    I remember absailing down a cliff after climbing (with rope). The scariest thing was looking up at the top and the second was leaning back into the ropes to abseil back down.

  • Stephen Ford
    Stephen Ford

    What's not said is that the Weather is usually Windy (believe it or not !) and grey/probably raining ... So, it's not the pleasant experience portrayed here ... Furthermore, it seems that the number and extent of blade/other repairs has been so much higher than anticipated, vastly reducing the cost-effectiveness of these turbines for reasons of direct cost and aerodynamic inefficiency caused by damage ... The technology is moving on in a different direction to blades now ...

  • Charmaine Eng
    Charmaine Eng

    I couldn't even jump down when there was an auto belayer on me when climbing an indoor rock wall... and that was me being about 3m off the ground. I can't imagine doing it atop THAT.

  • Mothman

    As a wind tech, huge props for getting the audio that clear inside the tower despite the reverb. I can barely understand what the guy next to me is saying half the time in person.

  • 7B_26_Tyrant Qiu
    7B_26_Tyrant Qiu

    I have intense acrophobia and watching this video literally made me have a panic attack

  • John Powell
    John Powell

    1:43 That's a very informative, green sticker.

  • Outworld Studios
    Outworld Studios

    We're lucky those ropes didn't break, otherwise Earth might have been destroyed by the impact of his massive balls.

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  • Noah Stolar
    Noah Stolar

    idk how that whole turbine didn't come crashing down from the sheer weight of his balls. I'm sitting here getting genuine physical pains just from just WATCHING this

  • Ponk

    as always i feel like im a bit more informed after every one of your videos! thanks for following the facts so we dont have to!

  • wing tips
    wing tips

    i wanna climb a wind turbine so bad

  • Jack Nasty
    Jack Nasty

    I’m Nauseous just watching this

  • Catur lifelive
    Catur lifelive

    thank you for sharing this information, i love it

  • carl joh
    carl joh

    Nopitty nope nope nope!

  • Devan Key
    Devan Key

    ...anyone else sweating... goodness gracious

  • Shang Tsung
    Shang Tsung

    why the fk is rope holding you getting down vs a cable wtf

  • spikester

    They can't seem to decide if they want to use ring generators or conventional gearbox designs, tells you everything you need to know about this tech.

  • Luz Reese
    Luz Reese

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  • rson

    should of done a mission impossible descent at full sprint.

  • Google Account
    Google Account

    That's a good thing because I would have blacked out the moment I looked out the top!

  • Jure Klemenčič
    Jure Klemenčič

    literally a dream job

  • Absolutely Average
    Absolutely Average

    “It’s ok, I got two wires I’m on two wires. I got two wires I got two wires”. Ba-dum-Tsch!

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    Warren Cross

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  • Sourin Basu
    Sourin Basu

    4:52 Why can't we see the stick of the camera in the shot? Is it edited out or some angle by which we can't see it? Because Tom's hand and the shadow clearly shows that he's holding a stick with a camera attached to the top. This is so confusing 😵

  • Azrael Hex
    Azrael Hex

    Omg I thought there was gonna be like a shaft kind of like a small elevator, but hell no id rather die than do that LMAOO

  • Andrew Jones
    Andrew Jones

    Hi Tom, the answer to your question of "would emergency services climb the turbine" is probably YES. each ambulance service has a team called "HART" which stands for "Hazardous Area Response Team". They are trained for a variety of different scenarios, including rescue from water, enclosed spaces, and (in this situation) working at height. to confirm this, it may be worth putting in a FOI request to the various trusts to verify

  • Cale Phillips
    Cale Phillips

    I'm a welder and metal fabricator. I repair feed bins and the bucket towers when work gets slow. No harness, no safety, climbing as much as 600ft with 40lbs of tools and grease covered hands on rusty towers held up by 1/4 cable. Somebody has to do it, and somebody has to pay.

  • TrutH HurTz*916
    TrutH HurTz*916

    My idea of an emergency exit is a parachute encased in a tin box with a glass front including a little hammer with a sign that says please break encase of emergency. Iv seen the video of the 2 men stuck at the top while a fire was brewing under them. RiP to them guys

  • TheOpacue

    1:20 how'd you film that?

  • Ahanaf Muttaki
    Ahanaf Muttaki

    "....in my opinion"

  • Robert Gutheridge
    Robert Gutheridge

    Ive been a wind turbine technician for 20 years. And because of the safety precautions we take it is the best job in the world

  • Nicholas

    reading the title I expected a parachute

  • ItsButterz

    I repelled when I had a huge fear of heights. I no longer have that fear :)

  • Richard Nightcore
    Richard Nightcore

    there is a horror story in my country where a wind turbine cough fire while 3 people where working on it 1 persoon died in the fire in the engine room 1 persoon died in the fire on top of it and 1 persoon jumped to his dead, the is a picker on the internet of the last few minutes of those 2 hugging each other

  • VillaT

    I would have to be passed out until I got the bottom. My fear of heights wouldn’t let me do this!

  • Patrick Armstrong
    Patrick Armstrong

    Heights make my balls hurt, even just watching it on youtube.

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  • Matt Mayo
    Matt Mayo

    One of the most uncomfortable videos I’ve seen yet. My skin is still crawling and I still have a sick stomach.

  • Sawyer Ramos
    Sawyer Ramos

    I had to go on a boom lift 35 feet up in the air yesterday. I HATED IT.... to feel your center of gravity shift and you have to trust the equipment....

  • Justin Crumpton
    Justin Crumpton

    My testicles feel weird watching this..... And not in a good way......

  • 23hublock1

    Keep that!

  • Harry Schaefer
    Harry Schaefer

    Whe I spotted this, I was shure it would involve a "base" jump.

  • Lucid Ferret
    Lucid Ferret

    2:28 "to get casualties down" Im sorry what?

  • DextaMartijn

    That looked like fun

  • Kapish patel
    Kapish patel

    How are you not scared howw

  • Invincibletro

    My Sphincter's Auto Clinch just activated.

  • Landie Man
    Landie Man

    That looks a lot higher than 150ft!

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  • A&A Britten
    A&A Britten

    The not so green energy, they still have no route for disposing of wind turbine blades, they are currently being landfilled across europe and UK.

  • Mistah King
    Mistah King

    That made my hands sweaty just watching the video

  • nesh dez
    nesh dez

    What a thrill....

  • Beat Saber Player
    Beat Saber Player

    3:03 anyone else see the box glich?

  • Jorge

    🤢 🤢🤢🤮🤮

  • Tommy B
    Tommy B

    As an experienced rock climber, I still hate leaning backwards to descend

  • Emily Dunlap
    Emily Dunlap

    6ft ladders are THE most dangerous ladders

  • Jim C
    Jim C

    I'd need to be unconscious to do that

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  • chrismar29

    I think it is safer to have one camera and not hold it in your hands

  • Eddie Arcega
    Eddie Arcega

    It's all fun and games untill a gust blows the person descending into the blades

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    LAF filmfest

    Thats wild!!!

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  • armybeef68

    1:00 Why don't you intentionally fall and show us how it works? Scared? 2:03 Ignorance knows no bounds.

  • June's Outside Contact
    June's Outside Contact

    NOPE! The people that work on these things are an anomaly to me.

  • Arizona Driver
    Arizona Driver

    Now descend with a 50 MPH wind blowing!!

  • Québécois Foie Gras
    Québécois Foie Gras

    Why do British find boring things exciting

  • Aquarius

    4:29 *_s n i p_*

  • Pandora TheClay
    Pandora TheClay

    Tom is actually doing this and I’m getting a shiver in my bones looking at it

  • mark m
    mark m

    I'm glad it will still take you down if you're unconscious, because that's what I would be after I looked down from up there🤮🤣

  • David G
    David G

    that wind turbine can power 17 average homes according to google

  • Drew Lovelyhell
    Drew Lovelyhell

    It's like being inside a spaceship!

  • YouTube-Kanal

    If Tom got an e-mail, 99% it's about him wanting to learn to fly.

  • TheSeventhChild

    In the more than a decade of this channel I had to wonder if Tom had somehow managed to never abseil before.

  • Rain Gaming278
    Rain Gaming278

    For some reason i thought it would be really badass and jump off with a parachute but its actually a rope which puts you in the ground safely, still a little badass ngl

  • jason ford
    jason ford

    Cool stuff

  • shadowofthecandle

    Is no one talking about Tom's helmet's googly eyes??

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    Roselle Mariah

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  • Rimuru Fempist
    Rimuru Fempist

    By the title I thought I stole like broke into a wind turbine and went to steal the emergency exit

  • Nikolas lima
    Nikolas lima

    This gave me a unhealthy amount of anxiety

  • PDB's studios
    PDB's studios

    thats a new turbine

  • KevDaGamer

    Ive got 2 wires on me, I've got 2 wires on me, I've got 1 wire on me.. WAIT WHAT! 🤣😁

  • Mark Allen
    Mark Allen

    Shocked by this. Personally always thought the "emergency exit" was the Express, if you catch my drift

  • QuantumRads

    What if the break system fails and doesn't prevent him from going down slowly.

  • Raul McCai
    Raul McCai

    Inertia driven, I'd have to take one apart before I d could trust it.

  • KC Smooth
    KC Smooth

    I’ll never forget the photo of those two wind turbine workers trapped at the top during a fire. I’m glad they have better safety measures in place now.

  • nocalsteve

    Me: I’ve ONLY got two wires on me!

  • Anatolij86

    Honestly, the most amazing thing about this is there ain't a single cloud in that British sky.

  • Michael Penner
    Michael Penner

    No way Jose

  • Tony Flies
    Tony Flies

    I want a Tom Scott "I've Got 2 Wires On Me" t-shirt.

  • Greg Gonzalez
    Greg Gonzalez

    What if there is a fire that breaks out? With that slow decent wouldn't the rope burn and snap before you're down?

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