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 Scott9 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...!)

  2. Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

    Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!Hour ago

    Yes but being 50 meters up is far more scary than 6 foot up!

  3. Paf

    Paf6 hours ago

    @AcogR6 what did kings of kings say

  4. Dean Angelo

    Dean Angelo19 hours ago

    @Kalel Alex Yea, been using Flixzone for months myself =)

  5. Kalel Alex

    Kalel Alex19 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.

  6. ossous

    ossous2 days ago


  7. Steelflex

    Steelflex36 minutes ago

    BIG BALLS!! 👌🏼

  8. carlowens10

    carlowens1048 minutes ago

    Welldone geeza i bet that took your brain some convincing to lean back there haha

  9. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhh2 hours ago

    i love the dude being interviewed, absolute legend

  10. 税金で飯を食うとうまいな

    税金で飯を食うとうまいな3 hours ago

    こんなもん 30年ももたんだろ

  11. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhh2 hours ago

    this just activated my claustrophobia

  12. Kelly Carr

    Kelly Carr3 hours ago

    Blooper- Turbine comes on , cables get caught and Tom goes for a ride in giant circles . BlllOOOoooOOOoooDDDyyy HHHEeeeEEEeeeEEEeeeLLL!

  13. the.raven

    the.raven3 hours ago

    this gives me anxiety

  14. Danny Cortez

    Danny Cortez4 hours ago

    Yea, only if it were that easy!

  15. OneCupOfCoffee204

    OneCupOfCoffee2044 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?

  16. OneCupOfCoffee204

    OneCupOfCoffee2045 hours ago

    How much does it cost to change blades?

  17. OneCupOfCoffee204

    OneCupOfCoffee2045 hours ago

    How long does it take for these wind turbines to become profitable?

  18. Jesse Toner

    Jesse Toner5 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!


    XULTAIFF5 hours ago

    This definitely has radiation right ?

  20. Rhodesia

    Rhodesia6 hours ago

    this is one of Tom's coolest videos

  21. baylinkdashyt

    baylinkdashyt6 hours ago

    3:47 Ok... that's as much of this as I can watch. :-}

  22. Luke Sites

    Luke Sites7 hours ago

    Hey I do this every day rn haha. Our turbines are 280 feet tall tho

  23. Bluedberry

    Bluedberry8 hours ago

    I can't even begin to imagine the amount of fear I wold have descending.

  24. David Schaefer

    David Schaefer9 hours ago

    There be googly eyes on his helmet

  25. andrew100z

    andrew100z10 hours ago

    Bravo, good video! From Canada

  26. Polat Alemdar

    Polat Alemdar10 hours ago

    I got stressed out watching this video

  27. Snorefest

    Snorefest10 hours ago

    this just activated my claustrophobia

  28. razerbaz

    razerbaz11 hours ago

    The fire service would climb this.

  29. PreEnabled

    PreEnabled11 hours ago

    My hands and feet started sweating watching his descent.

  30. KroneYT

    KroneYT12 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!

  31. Alex Harris

    Alex Harris13 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.

  32. Opacity

    Opacity14 hours ago

    when you started going off the edge i got so much anxiety

  33. Ninja Nerd Student #69

    Ninja Nerd Student #6914 hours ago

    That emergency exit is safer than fire escape ladders.

  34. Robert Craig

    Robert Craig14 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!!

  35. Robert Day

    Robert Day14 hours ago

    Great when the wind blows 🤣 we'll have to sit in the dark when it doesn't 🙄

  36. Chocolate Beans

    Chocolate Beans14 hours ago

    this video reminds me of that one photo of 2 engineers hugging eachother on a burning turbine and now am sad :(

  37. popperbits

    popperbits15 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!

  38. Wearisome Nomad

    Wearisome Nomad16 hours ago

    Why is your selfie pole edited out of the video as you descend?

  39. sirchicken food

    sirchicken food17 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.

  40. TheSackese

    TheSackese17 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.

  41. Vex2K4

    Vex2K418 hours ago

    Pov this channel was in your recommended

  42. Meu Canto Games

    Meu Canto Games18 hours ago

    Love that green exit signal in the wall, very funny!

  43. Zach P

    Zach P18 hours ago

    The most mind blowing thing here is that invisible selfie stick.

  44. d1ckyj0nes

    d1ckyj0nes19 hours ago

    Can't help but think of that video with the two repairmen stuck on the burning turbine

  45. Hexus Mexus

    Hexus Mexus19 hours ago

    You remember those two guys who burnt to death one jumped on the windmill

  46. mikin lirou

    mikin lirou19 hours ago

    by then.


    OUTTHEMUDVISUAL20 hours ago

    The 360 camera was a great tool for this video amazing

  48. mikin lirou

    mikin lirou19 hours ago

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

  49. ABAlphaBeta

    ABAlphaBeta20 hours ago

    Me with vertigo: wow nice

  50. Ismalith

    Ismalith20 hours 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.

  51. aspire

    aspire21 hour ago

    Cameraman: I am light years ahead

  52. Walter Walterson

    Walter Walterson21 hour ago

    i really wanna rappel down that

  53. George Gildenhuys

    George Gildenhuys22 hours ago

    No. That’s scary AF!

  54. unbreakable footage

    unbreakable footage23 hours ago


  55. Roblox Player

    Roblox PlayerDay ago

    Why not stairs? Stairs are more safer, You can even add barriers to them, Theres so much space in it!

  56. Kombi 88

    Kombi 88Day ago

    Any OnlyConnectFans here?

  57. boulderbash19700209

    boulderbash19700209Day ago

    How did the cameramen record the descent? By drone?

  58. Daniel Schwitzky

    Daniel SchwitzkyDay ago

    Sitting here with a thought. Are you brave or stupid? Personally, I hate heights, so it was hard to watch the video.

  59. Speedy Wheels pak

    Speedy Wheels pakDay ago

    ᴵᶠ ᵃⁿʸᵒⁿᵉ ˢᵉᵉ ᵐʸ ˢᵐᵃˡˡ ᵗᵉˣᵗ ᶜᵒᵐᵐᵉⁿᵗ ᵗʰᵉⁿ ʰᵉˡᵖ ᵐᵉ ᵗᵒ ʳᵉᵃᶜʰ 100 ˢᵘᵇˢᶜʳᶦᵇᵉʳˢ ᶦⁿ ¹ ᵈᵃʸ.

  60. Harry Mu

    Harry MuDay ago

    dangit I thought they were using a magnetic brake

  61. Sharp Xenon

    Sharp XenonDay ago

    Tom's just experiencing everything with a USlikes channel as a cover

  62. Appalachian Wanderer

    Appalachian WandererDay ago

    If I wasn't unconscious during the emergency descent, I would be before I reached the ground.

  63. S Maksymiv

    S MaksymivDay ago

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

  64. Wv44

    Wv44Day ago

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

  65. Lea K

    Lea KDay 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.

  66. mohammad reza

    mohammad rezaDay ago

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

  67. shani yan

    shani yanDay ago

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

  68. Carnbyarst

    CarnbyarstDay ago

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

  69. shani yan

    shani yanDay ago

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

  70. carloshpbr

    carloshpbrDay ago

    Hands literally pissing.... anyone else?

  71. FloatingToa5t

    FloatingToa5tDay ago

    i suddenly would be okay to work on turbines

  72. Beam Trading

    Beam TradingDay 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

  73. madera648

    madera648Day 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.

  74. Steve Kratz

    Steve KratzDay ago


  75. Dutchie M

    Dutchie MDay 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

  76. Hari Mistry

    Hari MistryDay ago

    4:12 Tom Scott defusing a bomb

  77. Bernard Hodgson

    Bernard HodgsonDay ago

    Very interesting 👌

  78. Ben Crawshaw

    Ben CrawshawDay 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.

  79. True River

    True RiverDay 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...

  80. Tony Montana

    Tony MontanaDay ago


  81. DeliriousIntentions

    DeliriousIntentionsDay 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!

  82. nikolait5

    nikolait5Day ago

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

  83. derek876544

    derek876544Day ago

    Also emergency pants change when you reach the ground

  84. NovaProspekt1337

    NovaProspekt1337Day ago

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

  85. freggo

    freggoDay ago

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

  86. Lapiz Lazuli

    Lapiz LazuliDay ago

    *sweaty palms intensifies*

  87. Andrew N

    Andrew NDay ago

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

  88. Gautham Ram

    Gautham RamDay 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!

  89. Gautham Ram

    Gautham RamDay 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 :)

  90. TempVo

    TempVoDay ago

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

  91. Doc Holliday

    Doc HollidayDay 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.

  92. Stephen Maher

    Stephen MaherDay ago


  93. Sherlyn Fernandes

    Sherlyn FernandesDay ago

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

  94. cqvio doli

    cqvio doliDay 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!!

  95. 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 SDay ago

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

  96. cqvio doli

    cqvio doliDay ago

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

  97. John Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IV

    John Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IVDay ago

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

  98. Jonathan

    JonathanDay ago

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

  99. Bassfear_

    Bassfear_Day ago

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

  100. A Guy

    A GuyDay ago

    that was AWESOME

  101. Iona

    IonaDay ago

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

  102. Gabriel Tobing

    Gabriel TobingDay ago

    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.

  103. Raymond Johnston

    Raymond JohnstonDay ago

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

  104. tyuhf sdftvhu

    tyuhf sdftvhuDay ago

    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

  105. Mr. Blue

    Mr. BlueDay ago

    4:13 OH HELL NO!!

  106. Oenomaus left eye

    Oenomaus left eyeDay ago

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

  107. Aloysius Flartey

    Aloysius FlarteyDay ago

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

  108. RantKid

    RantKidDay ago

    Once again living vicariously through Tom Scott

  109. Abdul Waseh

    Abdul WasehDay ago

    No wind blowing. Thank God for that.

  110. unapalomablanc

    unapalomablancDay ago

    Wow, kudos for doing that Tom