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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Comments

  1. Tom Scott
    Tom Scott
    17 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...!)

    1. MRCG Millenium
      MRCG Millenium
      2 days ago

      @Tom Scott hey, did you want to try a cloning machine?

    2. Carløs ;-;
      Carløs ;-;
      4 days ago

      this video changed my life

    3. Zzzz Zzzz
      Zzzz Zzzz
      4 days ago

      thank you sponsor eagle

    4. Paf
      Paf
      5 days ago

      @Teut Hamer what

    5. Teut Hamer
      Teut Hamer
      6 days ago

      Only 7 birds will die instead of millions if you PAINT THEM RED!!! With outward spiralling motives. Like a WARD!!

  2. kolim jone
    kolim jone
    4 hours ago

    The contract for me would be such that I'd be repeating "I've got 20 wires on me, I've got 20 wires on me".

  3. Gabelhelm Sogarbraten
    Gabelhelm Sogarbraten
    10 hours ago

    "its a lengthy process" the 2 mechanics who recently died in the netherlands in a turbine fire were 19 and 21 there should be more training before lads that young are sent up there alone

    1. kolim jone
      kolim jone
      4 hours ago

      Who knew Daniel Radcliffe moonlights as a wind turbine engineer? XD

  4. Enderman1462
    Enderman1462
    13 hours ago

    Sooooo tall

  5. cursed1
    cursed1
    16 hours ago

    Remember when Discovery would air stuff like this?

  6. jim ewok
    jim ewok
    16 hours ago

    so, uhm, what kind of knot do they use for the two wires you've got on you?

  7. Several Fighters
    Several Fighters
    18 hours ago

    3:04 glitches in the matrix? Or I would hazard a guess at the video filter for correcting however bendy that lens must have been.

    1. Several Fighters
      Several Fighters
      18 hours ago

      Or the selfie stick removing thingy I guess.

  8. The Busby Babes
    The Busby Babes
    21 hour ago

    reminded me of the picture of two young technicians being caught on a windturbine in the netherlands dying on it because it caught fire...

  9. eioshen boboi
    eioshen boboi
    Day ago

    Tom Scott is this generation's Adam Hart-Davis, and I mean that as the biggest compliment

  10. Maxsdad 53
    Maxsdad 53
    Day ago

    I have one word for that... NO F**KING WAY!

    1. eioshen boboi
      eioshen boboi
      Day ago

      we cant see the selfie stick in the shots where you recorded with the cam attached to the selfie stick. i guess selfie stick is a lie and cameraman is in the spectator mode

  11. Moody Millennial
    Moody Millennial
    Day ago

    Imagine if right as Tom was starting to step back over the edge the guy was like “oh crap, wait hold on!!” 😂

  12. dirtyhannie
    dirtyhannie
    Day ago

    This make me think of the two dutch mechanics who died in 2013. Fire broke out while they were trapped on top. Real tragic story.

  13. onlythewise1
    onlythewise1
    Day ago

    thats so scary

  14. F
    F
    Day ago

    Dude you can just bring a water bucket you can do it

  15. Snakezase 29
    Snakezase 29
    Day ago

    Is this because of that one incident

  16. Sir Puffball
    Sir Puffball
    Day ago

    It's not even so much the height that would scare me, it's just how *thin* it is. Always looks like a hundred pounds of force could knock it over

  17. Markus Rennelius
    Markus Rennelius
    Day ago

    highly recommended to urinate before climbing anything.👍🏼✌🏼

  18. Scott FW
    Scott FW
    Day ago

    Merely viewing this left my palms dripping sweat - it's not that I'm afraid of heights, it's just that I want absolutely nothing to do with their edges!

  19. SilliusBuns
    SilliusBuns
    Day ago

    Who knew Daniel Radcliffe moonlights as a wind turbine engineer? XD

  20. Alex Berkman
    Alex Berkman
    Day ago

    Oil rigs have something similar called the "Geronimo line" for the derrick-hand. ("Geronimo!" was old thing that people said said if if they made a scary leap to save themselves.)

  21. Rain Man
    Rain Man
    2 days ago

    seems I would want to learn about BASE jumping...that would be my emergency exit....and a fun way to get down.

  22. mazzox
    mazzox
    2 days ago

    Randomly got this on my reccomended anyone else?

  23. FIFISHING CANADA
    FIFISHING CANADA
    2 days ago

    Alot more fun coming down on your own ID! ;) . Either way, great video brother!! 👌

  24. controlfreak1963
    controlfreak1963
    2 days ago

    I started my Tenet loop in one of those!

  25. Colton Cain
    Colton Cain
    2 days ago

    I hate to be the one but his figure 8 knot tied to his caribiner attached to the D ring doesn’t have a safety. Granted it’s a strong knot but it’s always good to have that safety knot to prevent slippage.

    1. gqn2
      gqn2
      3 hours ago

      4:53 I noticed the two wires. Scary.

  26. MMT-Games
    MMT-Games
    2 days ago

    we cant see the selfie stick in the shots where you recorded with the cam attached to the selfie stick. i guess selfie stick is a lie and cameraman is in the spectator mode

  27. robert17
    robert17
    2 days ago

    i dont know why i expected this video to be better

  28. Gabriel
    Gabriel
    2 days ago

    I saw this video after seeing MattColbo's Imitation of Tom and damn, the accuracy is unreal

  29. Herpes-Lip
    Herpes-Lip
    2 days ago

    Install an elevator. The turbine will power it.

  30. 郭文
    郭文
    2 days ago

    The few fierce chef functionally file because recess proportionately sparkle after a instinctive priest. idiotic, selective dinner

  31. h8GWBî
    h8GWBî
    2 days ago

    I hope the emergency -decent- -descention- -descendibility- -descending- descent is a lot faster in a real emergency.

  32. fred lonbottom
    fred lonbottom
    2 days ago

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  33. Dj none
    Dj none
    2 days ago

    I fell out of a park bench laying down watching this F that noise

  34. Aitor B
    Aitor B
    2 days ago

    The most fascinating thing about this video is how the camera deletes the stick from the image.

  35. Paul Robert
    Paul Robert
    2 days ago

    Not interesting at all

  36. morphman86
    morphman86
    2 days ago

    Tom Scott and the Nixon Tapes have a thing in common now: "I've got two wires on me!"

  37. LiamThm
    LiamThm
    2 days ago

    Worked for GE and Siemens for 10 years. Brings back memories.

  38. wesmatron
    wesmatron
    2 days ago

    Remember that video of those two guys standing on top of a burning turbine?

  39. Glen DeKoker
    Glen DeKoker
    2 days ago

    Garbage

  40. Gianluca
    Gianluca
    3 days ago

    you can make a theme park out of it

  41. vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt
    3 days ago

    Conspiracy theory: tom is a teacher that is using reverse psychology to teach us stuff we otherwise would fall asleep to.

  42. donnza c
    donnza c
    3 days ago

    Why didn't i ever realise it's possible to go inside a wind turbine?

    1. vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt
      3 days ago

      energy than they could ever create. There is also pollution associated with their manufacture. Sorry...

  43. Marcelo Jardon
    Marcelo Jardon
    3 days ago

    Wind turbines...a catastrophe for the environment for peanuts of unreliable and randomly intermittent electricity

  44. Buddy Hendrix
    Buddy Hendrix
    3 days ago

    Nope

  45. Söt Gråvarg
    Söt Gråvarg
    3 days ago

    I would get a heart attack from looking down there. 🤯🤢

  46. Tactical Butter
    Tactical Butter
    3 days ago

    The googly eyes on his helmet are the highlight of my day.

  47. MothproofKT
    MothproofKT
    3 days ago

    I got vertigo just watching you step out and looking around 😅 I’d have definitely needed to be unconscious to start the descent! 😂

  48. Trevor Miles
    Trevor Miles
    3 days ago

    So tom what you do today.. you stil doing that boring computer site thing.? Geeshhh I think my toes would curl up and break if i did that. I consider myself a brave fellow. But brave by circumstance not by design . uhhh lean back and go with it..mmmm My hats off to you Tom.

  49. 1337
    1337
    3 days ago

    i almost had a heart attack for just watching it

  50. L Alexander
    L Alexander
    3 days ago

    "Heart attacks...break an ankle..." Me: I have diarrhea...get me down now.

  51. Funny Valentine
    Funny Valentine
    3 days ago

    Me, confused why they don’t just have emergency parachutes: 👁👄👁

  52. СМЕШНОЙ СМЕШНОЙ
    СМЕШНОЙ СМЕШНОЙ
    3 days ago

    "Ive got two turds,two turds in my underwear"

  53. bwc1976
    bwc1976
    3 days ago

    I thought the descent was going to be a lot faster than that, it being for an emergency and all.

  54. LikeMyCommentsIfYouLoveMilad!!! #SubWay4Life!
    LikeMyCommentsIfYouLoveMilad!!! #SubWay4Life!
    3 days ago

    Yo this video is so engaging, Im a huge fan of you!

  55. SolidSith
    SolidSith
    3 days ago

    No climb assist, rip. the elevators are awesome in the new ones.....except when you have to rescue yourself from them.

    1. SolidSith
      SolidSith
      3 days ago

      Awe you didn't get to use the auto descender. Pray you hooked it up right, jump, glide down.

  56. Killed_By_The_Architect -
    Killed_By_The_Architect -
    3 days ago

    You couldn't pay me enough.

  57. Turbowat?
    Turbowat?
    3 days ago

    My what a mighty big bird annihilator you have.

  58. macsloan58
    macsloan58
    3 days ago

    Wind turbines are the biggest energy hoax/scam foisted on people in history. The minute they are designed, they are losing money. Any power engineer (I am not one) will tell you that it is impossible for a wind turbine to make more energy than it has consumed from design through manufacture and finally to installation. It is quite simple: there is not enough energy density in wind to make it a viable source of energy. That is an unarguable fact. Regardless of what liberals and tree huggers tell us, wind turbines use more energy than they could ever create. There is also pollution associated with their manufacture. Sorry...

  59. Iliketobealone
    Iliketobealone
    3 days ago

    Anyone else saw that warp at 3:15

    1. Killed_By_The_Architect -
      Killed_By_The_Architect -
      3 days ago

      Looked like a glitch in the Matrix.

  60. Pilot Peego
    Pilot Peego
    3 days ago

    I would have a parachute as a backup.😂

    1. Killed_By_The_Architect -
      Killed_By_The_Architect -
      3 days ago

      You wouldn't have time to open it and get a full canopy before hitting the ground.

  61. bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiu
    3 days ago

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

  62. Mr Neil
    Mr Neil
    3 days ago

    For some reason I was waiting for a giant inflatable slide to pop out like on an airplane.

    1. bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu
      3 days ago

      3:14 GLITCH IN THE MATRIX!! The box that says "RESQ" distorts

  63. LIGHTNING FAST
    LIGHTNING FAST
    4 days ago

    I want to face my fear of falling, I need to do that!

  64. Carløs ;-;
    Carløs ;-;
    4 days ago

    this video changed my life

  65. Cooking Parker
    Cooking Parker
    4 days ago

    The drab drink naturalistically treat because cave consequentially pat till a lamentable thunder. relieved, peaceful bumper

  66. Smit Shilpatul
    Smit Shilpatul
    4 days ago

    Idk why, but when I was a kid I thought they were only 2-3 metres tall

  67. S H N
    S H N
    4 days ago

    4:47 who is recording you up there!!? i dont see a drone either at 4:48

  68. Marty Lynchian
    Marty Lynchian
    4 days ago

    More people die with these windmills then Nuclear power plant.

  69. Kermit The Frog
    Kermit The Frog
    4 days ago

    “Don’t bend your legs!” *bends legs immediately*

  70. Ashen One
    Ashen One
    4 days ago

    you are one brave guy xDDD

  71. Ronny Ron
    Ronny Ron
    4 days ago

    Too much talkie

  72. Randy G
    Randy G
    4 days ago

    "Blade repair", hmm, I've a fan next to my bed which has been running flawlessly last 30yrs.

  73. Sports Trader
    Sports Trader
    4 days ago

    Even on YT heights get to me.

  74. HellHound Actual
    HellHound Actual
    4 days ago

    The Ladder Climbing brought back some Serious Metal Gear Solid Memories lmao

  75. yoobster
    yoobster
    4 days ago

    absolute mad lad!

  76. Andrew Storey
    Andrew Storey
    4 days ago

    Damn, we have blades longer than that tower on the direct drives. Look very simple to work on but I imagine changing a yaw motor or pitch motor would be a ball ache

  77. Dr S4T4N
    Dr S4T4N
    4 days ago

    Nice Tom like rest Brits hes same no healthy guy who have problem with breathing xD

  78. Ethan Rowland
    Ethan Rowland
    4 days ago

    3:14 GLITCH IN THE MATRIX!! The box that says "RESQ" distorts

  79. sol star
    sol star
    4 days ago

    That looks sssooooo cool !

    1. bouytt guyt
      bouytt guyt
      4 days ago

      feet of farm land. And they never decompose. They also take so much concrete/cement to keep it standing up, that they destroy even more land.

  80. Nue Houjuu
    Nue Houjuu
    4 days ago

    Sometimes I wake up and feel like taking the emergency exit from a wind turbine as well

  81. Robert Pirlot
    Robert Pirlot
    5 days ago

    I can imagine that tingling feeling that I get when throwing yourself off.

  82. ITSclassic
    ITSclassic
    5 days ago

    how is this in my recommended

  83. Ernests Milass
    Ernests Milass
    5 days ago

    octopus energy sucks stop making classic electric cars your ruining it

  84. L-Trizzle-12
    L-Trizzle-12
    5 days ago

    Shame they’re dogshit at generating copious amounts of reliable energy. 😞 Nice view tho. 🤘

  85. Edgar Renje
    Edgar Renje
    5 days ago

    I love the design of this wind turbine. The generator housing is not as boxy as usual.

  86. Cross Category
    Cross Category
    5 days ago

    This kinda reminds me of indoor rock climbing

  87. Tech Gamer
    Tech Gamer
    5 days ago

    Cursed Bungee jump

  88. Michael Anderson
    Michael Anderson
    5 days ago

    The contract for me would be such that I'd be repeating "I've got 20 wires on me, I've got 20 wires on me".

  89. Tesh Govindji
    Tesh Govindji
    5 days ago

    I have to call my sister over to change the lightbulb on the attic staircase. So no, I would rather break my own legs and arms than climb up those ladders. 😑 Just though thought of climbing those ladders is giving me 5p-50p bum twitches.

  90. Liquid Sofa
    Liquid Sofa
    5 days ago

    The video footage made me nervous, I couldn't image doing it for real.

  91. Blu Scout
    Blu Scout
    5 days ago

    I've got two wires I've got two wires I've got two wires

  92. petmensan
    petmensan
    5 days ago

    You can also repel without any skill or training, by having a reasonably high iq and understanding the basics of repelling.

  93. Jacob Lee
    Jacob Lee
    5 days ago

    Tom Scott knows precisely the content his audience wants.

    1. Brabant
      Brabant
      20 hours ago

      Straight to the point without any bs, i love it.

    2. vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt
      Day ago

      The contract for me would be such that I'd be repeating "I've got 20 wires on me, I've got 20 wires on me".

  94. Cramer White
    Cramer White
    5 days ago

    How is Tom 24 and 44 at the same time?

  95. Amelia Mae
    Amelia Mae
    5 days ago

    WIND TURBINES ARE TERRIBLE!!!! Sure they make "clean" energy, but if one of the blades cracks, they cant be repaired. So they bury them and destroy thousands of square feet of farm land. And they never decompose. They also take so much concrete/cement to keep it standing up, that they destroy even more land.

  96. The Dominator
    The Dominator
    5 days ago

    4:25 "That's fine" Tom says, but it was definitely not fine

  97. ButterBall
    ButterBall
    5 days ago

    I watched a video of a wind turbine who's brakes failed and it started a fire and stranded Two people on top. One jumped to his death while the other died from the fire.

  98. Chez Man
    Chez Man
    5 days ago

    That would be great except you can't control your descent. It is for emergencies, not fun. I've rappelled down rock faces so this would be simple but still fun.

  99. Tony Totten
    Tony Totten
    5 days ago

    👍👏👏👏👏👏👏🚀

  100. Dixon Ticonderoga
    Dixon Ticonderoga
    5 days ago

    Nope