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

    Prije mjesec

    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

      Prije 23 dana

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

    • Fun Awesome

      Fun Awesome

      Prije 27 dana


    • Fusion Online

      Fusion Online

      Prije 29 dana


    • Braydon Williams

      Braydon Williams

      Prije mjesec

      Bvvv me vß

    • TrustGoat


      Prije mjesec

      You didn’t fall 😒

  2. daniielo mayer

    daniielo mayer

    Prije 5 sati

    Paracaidas? Por que murieron los 2 que uno se aventó y el otro por el pánico de quemarce? Deberían de darles paracaídas en caso de emergencia

  3. Joe Worden

    Joe Worden

    Prije dan

    Fine Job! I couldn't rappel down the side. Then again I could climb up the inside either. Nice to see how things work in the real world.

  4. Flies2FLL


    Prije 3 dana

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



    Prije 3 dana

    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.

  6. Jaime Coburn

    Jaime Coburn

    Prije 3 dana

    You can have that.

  7. Javier Torres

    Javier Torres

    Prije 4 dana

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

  8. Alexeut


    Prije 4 dana

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

  9. Irfan Muammar

    Irfan Muammar

    Prije 5 dana

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

  10. Rufs


    Prije 6 dana

    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.

  11. Stephen Ford

    Stephen Ford

    Prije 6 dana

    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 ...

  12. Charmaine Eng

    Charmaine Eng

    Prije 7 dana

    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.

  13. Mothman


    Prije 8 dana

    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.

  14. 7B_26_Tyrant Qiu

    7B_26_Tyrant Qiu

    Prije 9 dana

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

  15. John Powell

    John Powell

    Prije 9 dana

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

  16. Outworld Studios

    Outworld Studios

    Prije 10 dana

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

  17. Maggie Kandace

    Maggie Kandace

    Prije 10 dana

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  18. Vincent Harris

    Vincent Harris

    Prije 11 dana


  19. Luis Enriquez

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  20. Noah Stolar

    Noah Stolar

    Prije 11 dana

    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

  21. Ponk


    Prije 12 dana

    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!

  22. wing tips

    wing tips

    Prije 12 dana

    i wanna climb a wind turbine so bad

  23. Jack Nasty

    Jack Nasty

    Prije 13 dana

    I’m Nauseous just watching this

  24. Catur lifelive

    Catur lifelive

    Prije 13 dana

    thank you for sharing this information, i love it

  25. carl joh

    carl joh

    Prije 15 dana

    Nopitty nope nope nope!

  26. Devan Key

    Devan Key

    Prije 15 dana

    ...anyone else sweating... goodness gracious

  27. Shang Tsung

    Shang Tsung

    Prije 15 dana

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

  28. spikester


    Prije 15 dana

    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.

  29. Luz Reese

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    Prije 15 dana

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  30. rson


    Prije 16 dana

    should of done a mission impossible descent at full sprint.

  31. Google Account

    Google Account

    Prije 16 dana

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

  32. Jure Klemenčič

    Jure Klemenčič

    Prije 16 dana

    literally a dream job

  33. Absolutely Average

    Absolutely Average

    Prije 16 dana

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

  34. Warren Cross

    Warren Cross

    Prije 16 dana

    The tacky glass randomly bury because rub formerly rush around a testy box. mindless, nondescript bass

  35. Sourin Basu

    Sourin Basu

    Prije 16 dana

    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 😵

  36. Azrael Hex

    Azrael Hex

    Prije 17 dana

    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

  37. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones

    Prije 17 dana

    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

  38. Cale Phillips

    Cale Phillips

    Prije 17 dana

    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.

  39. TrutH HurTz*916

    TrutH HurTz*916

    Prije 17 dana

    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

  40. TheOpacue


    Prije 18 dana

    1:20 how'd you film that?

  41. Ahanaf Muttaki

    Ahanaf Muttaki

    Prije 18 dana

    "....in my opinion"

  42. Robert Gutheridge

    Robert Gutheridge

    Prije 18 dana

    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

  43. Nicholas


    Prije 18 dana

    reading the title I expected a parachute

  44. ItsButterz


    Prije 18 dana

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

  45. Richard Nightcore

    Richard Nightcore

    Prije 18 dana

    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

  46. VillaT


    Prije 18 dana

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

  47. Patrick Armstrong

    Patrick Armstrong

    Prije 18 dana

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

  48. Hello


    Prije 19 dana


  49. Matt Mayo

    Matt Mayo

    Prije 19 dana

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

  50. Sawyer Ramos

    Sawyer Ramos

    Prije 20 dana

    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....

  51. Justin Crumpton

    Justin Crumpton

    Prije 20 dana

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

  52. 23hublock1


    Prije 20 dana

    Keep that!

  53. Harry Schaefer

    Harry Schaefer

    Prije 20 dana

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

  54. Lucid Ferret

    Lucid Ferret

    Prije 20 dana

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

  55. DextaMartijn


    Prije 20 dana

    That looked like fun

  56. Kapish patel

    Kapish patel

    Prije 21 dan

    How are you not scared howw

  57. Invincibletro


    Prije 21 dan

    My Sphincter's Auto Clinch just activated.

  58. Landie Man

    Landie Man

    Prije 21 dan

    That looks a lot higher than 150ft!

  59. Eard Garcia

    Eard Garcia

    Prije 21 dan

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  60. A&A Britten

    A&A Britten

    Prije 21 dan

    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.

  61. Mistah King

    Mistah King

    Prije 22 dana

    That made my hands sweaty just watching the video

  62. nesh dez

    nesh dez

    Prije 22 dana

    What a thrill....

  63. Beat Saber Player

    Beat Saber Player

    Prije 22 dana

    3:03 anyone else see the box glich?

  64. Jorge


    Prije 22 dana

    🤢 🤢🤢🤮🤮

  65. Tommy B

    Tommy B

    Prije 23 dana

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

  66. Emily Dunlap

    Emily Dunlap

    Prije 23 dana

    6ft ladders are THE most dangerous ladders

  67. Jim C

    Jim C

    Prije 23 dana

    I'd need to be unconscious to do that

  68. Nimesh Patel

    Nimesh Patel

    Prije 23 dana

    The itchy vegetarian informally flash because shingle molecularly pretend till a ultra owl. simplistic, slimy shovel

  69. MALTA


    Prije 23 dana

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

  70. Eddie Arcega

    Eddie Arcega

    Prije 24 dana

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

  71. Claribel Penick

    Claribel Penick

    Prije 24 dana

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  72. LAF filmfest

    LAF filmfest

    Prije 24 dana

    Thats wild!!!

  73. Oliver McKay

    Oliver McKay

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  74. armybeef68


    Prije 24 dana

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

  75. June's Outside Contact

    June's Outside Contact

    Prije 24 dana

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

  76. Arizona Driver

    Arizona Driver

    Prije 24 dana

    Now descend with a 50 MPH wind blowing!!

  77. Québécois Foie Gras

    Québécois Foie Gras

    Prije 24 dana

    Why do British find boring things exciting

  78. Aquarius


    Prije 25 dana

    4:29 *_s n i p_*

  79. Pandora TheClay

    Pandora TheClay

    Prije 25 dana

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

  80. mark m

    mark m

    Prije 25 dana

    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🤮🤣

  81. David G

    David G

    Prije 25 dana

    that wind turbine can power 17 average homes according to google

  82. Drew Lovelyhell

    Drew Lovelyhell

    Prije 25 dana

    It's like being inside a spaceship!

  83. YouTube-Kanal


    Prije 25 dana

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

  84. TheSeventhChild


    Prije 26 dana

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

  85. Rain Gaming278

    Rain Gaming278

    Prije 26 dana

    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

  86. jason ford

    jason ford

    Prije 26 dana

    Cool stuff

  87. shadowofthecandle


    Prije 26 dana

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

  88. Roselle Mariah

    Roselle Mariah

    Prije 26 dana

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  89. Rimuru Fempist

    Rimuru Fempist

    Prije 26 dana

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

  90. Nikolas lima

    Nikolas lima

    Prije 26 dana

    This gave me a unhealthy amount of anxiety

  91. PDB's studios

    PDB's studios

    Prije 26 dana

    thats a new turbine

  92. KevDaGamer


    Prije 26 dana

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

  93. Mark Allen

    Mark Allen

    Prije 27 dana

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

  94. QuantumRads


    Prije 27 dana

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

  95. Raul McCai

    Raul McCai

    Prije 27 dana

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

  96. KC Smooth

    KC Smooth

    Prije 27 dana

    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.

  97. nocalsteve


    Prije 27 dana

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

  98. Anatolij86


    Prije 27 dana

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

  99. Michael Penner

    Michael Penner

    Prije 27 dana

    No way Jose

  100. Tony Flies

    Tony Flies

    Prije 27 dana

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