Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine 

Tom Scott
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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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3-May, 2021



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Tom Scott
Tom Scott 9 kun oldin
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...!)
Dean Angelo
Dean Angelo 12 soat oldin
@Kalel Alex Yea, been using Flixzone for months myself =)
Kalel Alex
Kalel Alex 12 soat oldin
A tip: watch movies at Flixzone. Me and my gf have been using them for watching lots of of movies during the lockdown.
ossous Kun oldin
Matthijs Schrijvers
Why can i only see half of your hand in 5:03 ? Is it because of the selfie stick?
Isaac Starling
Isaac Starling 2 kun oldin
@Aidan Pryde oh ,thanks
Bluedberry 2 soat oldin
I can't even begin to imagine the amount of fear I wold have descending.
David Schaefer
David Schaefer 2 soat oldin
There be googly eyes on his helmet
andrew100z 3 soat oldin
Bravo, good video! From Canada
Polat Alemdar
Polat Alemdar 3 soat oldin
I got stressed out watching this video
Snorefest 4 soat oldin
this just activated my claustrophobia
razerbaz 4 soat oldin
The fire service would climb this.
PreEnabled 5 soat oldin
My hands and feet started sweating watching his descent.
KroneYT 6 soat oldin
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 7 soat oldin
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 7 soat oldin
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 7 soat oldin
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 8 soat oldin
Great when the wind blows 🤣 we'll have to sit in the dark when it doesn't 🙄
Chocolate Beans
Chocolate Beans 8 soat oldin
this video reminds me of that one photo of 2 engineers hugging eachother on a burning turbine and now am sad :(
popperbits 9 soat oldin
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 9 soat oldin
Why is your selfie pole edited out of the video as you descend?
sirchicken food
sirchicken food 10 soat oldin
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 10 soat oldin
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 11 soat oldin
Pov this channel was in your recommended
Meu Canto Games
Meu Canto Games 11 soat oldin
Love that green exit signal in the wall, very funny!
Zach P
Zach P 11 soat oldin
The most mind blowing thing here is that invisible selfie stick.
d1ckyj0nes 12 soat oldin
Can't help but think of that video with the two repairmen stuck on the burning turbine
Hexus Mexus
Hexus Mexus 13 soat oldin
You remember those two guys who burnt to death one jumped on the windmill
mikin lirou
mikin lirou 13 soat oldin
by then.
The 360 camera was a great tool for this video amazing
mikin lirou
mikin lirou 13 soat oldin
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ABAlphaBeta 14 soat oldin
Me with vertigo: wow nice
Ismalith 14 soat oldin
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 14 soat oldin
Cameraman: I am light years ahead
Walter Walterson
Walter Walterson 14 soat oldin
i really wanna rappel down that
George Gildenhuys
George Gildenhuys 15 soat oldin
No. That’s scary AF!
unbreakable footage
unbreakable footage 17 soat oldin
Roblox Player
Roblox Player 17 soat oldin
Why not stairs? Stairs are more safer, You can even add barriers to them, Theres so much space in it!
Kombi 88
Kombi 88 17 soat oldin
Any OnlyConnectFans here?
boulderbash19700209 17 soat oldin
How did the cameramen record the descent? By drone?
Daniel Schwitzky
Daniel Schwitzky 17 soat oldin
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
Speedy Wheels pak 18 soat oldin
ᴵᶠ ᵃⁿʸᵒⁿᵉ ˢᵉᵉ ᵐʸ ˢᵐᵃˡˡ ᵗᵉˣᵗ ᶜᵒᵐᵐᵉⁿᵗ ᵗʰᵉⁿ ʰᵉˡᵖ ᵐᵉ ᵗᵒ ʳᵉᵃᶜʰ 100 ˢᵘᵇˢᶜʳᶦᵇᵉʳˢ ᶦⁿ ¹ ᵈᵃʸ.
Harry Mu
Harry Mu 18 soat oldin
dangit I thought they were using a magnetic brake
Sharp Xenon
Sharp Xenon 19 soat oldin
Tom's just experiencing everything with a UZblock channel as a cover
Appalachian Wanderer
Appalachian Wanderer 20 soat oldin
If I wasn't unconscious during the emergency descent, I would be before I reached the ground.
S Maksymiv
S Maksymiv 21 soat oldin
That's a fancy prusic hitch ... how much that set you back ?
Wv44 21 soat oldin
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Lea K
Lea K 22 soat oldin
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
mohammad reza 23 soat oldin
If I was you, I'd be I'd be like "I'm gonna die"
shani yan
shani yan Kun oldin
Can you imagine passing out, then someone yeets you out the emergency exit just for you to wake up on the way down
Carnbyarst Kun oldin
I could definitely feel something tightening up as got out on top of the turbine...
shani yan
shani yan Kun oldin
Next Episode... NASA: Tom, you want to go on a trip to the ISS? Tom: Only if I can do a space walk.
carloshpbr Kun oldin
Hands literally pissing.... anyone else?
FloatingToa5t Kun oldin
i suddenly would be okay to work on turbines
Beam Trading
Beam Trading Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
Dutchie M
Dutchie M Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
4:12 Tom Scott defusing a bomb
Bernard Hodgson
Bernard Hodgson Kun oldin
Very interesting 👌
Ben Crawshaw
Ben Crawshaw Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
Used to work for these guys, the views from the top was one of the best parts of the job.
derek876544 Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
*sweaty palms intensifies*
Andrew N
Andrew N Kun oldin
..and this is why I am not a youtuber :) My heart stopped just watching this.
Gautham Ram
Gautham Ram Kun oldin
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 21 soat oldin
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 Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
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
Stephen Maher Kun oldin
Sherlyn Fernandes
I wish I could jump too, with the safety equipment of course 😁
cqvio doli
cqvio doli Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
The thumbnail reminded me of the two young engineers that died in a wind turbine fire a few years back :(
Bassfear_ Kun oldin
Lets just say it... Any safety is good stuff
A Guy
A Guy Kun oldin
that was AWESOME
Iona Kun oldin
"Look at that view!" *boring brown muddy grass fields below*
Gabriel Tobing
Gabriel Tobing Kun oldin
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
tyuhf sdftvhu
tyuhf sdftvhu Kun oldin
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
Mr. Blue
Mr. Blue Kun oldin
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 Kun oldin
Once again living vicariously through Tom Scott
Abdul Waseh
Abdul Waseh Kun oldin
No wind blowing. Thank God for that.
unapalomablanc Kun oldin
Wow, kudos for doing that Tom
george benson
george benson Kun oldin
I'd faint just thinking I gotta go down the outside
Aku Aku Black
Aku Aku Black Kun oldin
I'm good with dirty old blood stained oil. It stays on the ground
Bimon1234567 Kun oldin
Jast Mallat
Jast Mallat Kun oldin
Okay, but everything about this is legit so cool
Newwavepressure Kun oldin
Iv seen the video of the fire and i dont think they made it y didnt they have one of these
Lloyd Kun oldin
I’m sure they have procedures they are following, but those belay knots scare the crap out of me. You do a double 8 and a safety for absolutely foolproof visual confirmation that a knot is sound.
Trey T
Trey T Kun oldin
ok yep that is one job that i could never do
toijg avnnr
toijg avnnr Kun oldin
i find it nice that people ask if you’d like to check out their stuff and you saying yes to it
Braindoner101 Kun oldin
So... what’s the procedure if you’re on the top with no way down and a fire is going on inside the turbine? Well besides jumping to your death.
toijg avnnr
toijg avnnr Kun oldin
@4:27 It took me a moment to consciously clock that the selfie-stick was edited out, and I presume automatically.
Henninger Henningstone
I just realised that the thumbnail of this tom scott video uses a red circle!!11! however, it was done wrong! the red circle isn't supposed to actually point something out 😂
Joshua Ferguson
Joshua Ferguson Kun oldin
the thing looks like a side ways ceiling fan on a stand
Olli Kärkkäinen
Nice like / dislike ratio!
The kilted gardener!
I was up some 16ft ladders, my latest vid baby steps, now I think they were just ant steps, cheese n spice that's high. and a shed load of nopes from me!
Agenda2020 Kun oldin
Damn you have balls out of steel bro 😂 high respect 👍👍
tigress63 Kun oldin
O M G not something I would want to do
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