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

    7 dögum síðan

    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...!)

    • Isaac Starling

      Isaac Starling

      12 klukkustundum síðan

      @Aidan Pryde oh ,thanks

    • truckjumperdude


      13 klukkustundum síðan


    • Thee Chad Slayer

      Thee Chad Slayer

      15 klukkustundum síðan

      This seems like a newer version turbine I have seen videos of people stuck on a full turbine and there was no emergency exits on it and they have died

    • Bread Emoji • 60 years ago

      Bread Emoji • 60 years ago

      23 klukkustundum síðan


    • Takin Daneshmir

      Takin Daneshmir

      23 klukkustundum síðan

      Cool Video! I noticed how you've been using the red line/Arrow on the left side of your thumbnail images for the videos And I was wondering if there's anything significant about the layout or subconscious draw to that template?

  2. Scriptr


    3 klukkustundum síðan


  3. Domination Gaming

    Domination Gaming

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Thanks for the cameraman for being creative mode to record the video

  4. Thirdie Dinauto

    Thirdie Dinauto

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    My god that was so scary I kind of felt the nervousness that Tom felt ngl

  5. Baljeet Singh

    Baljeet Singh

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    I thought they have a parachute at top for emergency.

  6. Ernie D

    Ernie D

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Before a single blade hits a bird or bat, their lungs explode from the low pressure created by windmills

  7. Crystal Lake

    Crystal Lake

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    this is a small turbine compared to the ones in my backyard.

  8. Kris Carlisle

    Kris Carlisle

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Alternative title: "How to Freak Out, While Maintain a Professional Demeanor"

  9. Jack Dixon

    Jack Dixon

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    *abseiling down the side of a wind turbine. There you go, i fixed the title

  10. Brian Brewster

    Brian Brewster

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Looks like a blast! Should open this emergency exit to the public and charge $100 a pop.

  11. Dylan


    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Emergency exit aint fast enough

  12. Pedram Naghieh

    Pedram Naghieh

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    All i could hear was this: " I have two eyes on me, I have to eyes on me, I am pissing my pants, I have to eyes on me" 😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣

  13. Kyle H.

    Kyle H.

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Been working in service for wind turbines 10 years now and still unable to do this.

  14. Scott Duffy

    Scott Duffy

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    waste of money and resources shite

    • Connor Egan

      Connor Egan

      6 klukkustundum síðan


  15. Anchor9Studios


    7 klukkustundum síðan

    I’d like to know how Tom can make his stick holding the camera look invisible.

  16. Hexa Bundle

    Hexa Bundle

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    I have anxiety FOR you

  17. Dog Supremacy

    Dog Supremacy

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    Wow, all those piles of dead bald eagles from the windmill cancer is hard to stomach.

  18. Billy bob Doge

    Billy bob Doge

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    What if it’s for whatever reason falling

  19. IconoclastUK


    8 klukkustundum síðan

    Why does this video exist? Did the AI suggest it?

  20. Carlton Harris

    Carlton Harris

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom Scott is like a real-life comic book hero!

  21. Al Kaholic

    Al Kaholic

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    Someone in Octopus' marketing department is doing a grand job. We all know the reason they offered is publicity for their brand name, but I'm cool with that, and it gave us a good show! Maybe more businesses with interesting facilities should consider offering tours to famous youtubers, as long as it's all honest and legit why not.

  22. Twitter Cliffdog01

    Twitter Cliffdog01

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    I mean if you gave me the option between tediously climbing down a ladder or just abseiling I'd always pick the Abseil.

  23. John Johansen

    John Johansen

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Next time go to one of the big ones, with elevator inside. 👍

  24. Fourth Horseman

    Fourth Horseman

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Not going to lie, I got sweaty palms just watching this.

  25. MisterBuklau


    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Why dont they put ladders on the side?

  26. topfoxus


    10 klukkustundum síðan


  27. Star


    10 klukkustundum síðan

    It's funny that this thing has the safety. If you manage to fall from an indoors latter you probably deserve to die 😂

  28. topfoxus


    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Absolutely not

  29. himselfe


    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom: "I've got two wires.. I've got two wires!" Me: "Damn, that's a lot slower than I was hoping for" Also, plot twist: this video is an experiment in how far Tom can push the paid promotions rules.

  30. Nicola Sansom

    Nicola Sansom

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Omg you've got some b@lls going out there! Hats off to you Tom 👏

  31. Kevin Milton

    Kevin Milton

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Why did I come here hoping for a zipline?



    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Tora me fotises. Thx

  33. how


    11 klukkustundum síðan

    I once did a similar thing while mountain climbing a flat mountain thingy, it's actually fun (of course if you aren't scared of heights)

  34. The Real Dohos

    The Real Dohos

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    am i the only one reminiscent of this guy caught sunbathing up on a wind turbine ?

  35. Jake_ Games

    Jake_ Games

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    "if your climbing this turbine..." Me:thanks for tips i dont need

  36. Philippe Alves

    Philippe Alves

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    A little scary I should say. And that's an understatement...

  37. NFSHeld


    12 klukkustundum síðan

    One totally unrelated thing that's actually impressing me is the ability of the camera to almost perfectly remove the selfie stick from the recorded image.

  38. Dustin Walters

    Dustin Walters

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Those turbines are a joke

  39. Elizabeth Truman

    Elizabeth Truman

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    I think you are brave

  40. Vincent McKinley

    Vincent McKinley

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    This piece metal trash that's flying is not worth it.

  41. serdy ximi

    serdy ximi

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom: "Look at that view!!!" Me: grabs desk, tries not to pass out.

  42. Captainllama


    12 klukkustundum síðan

    1:09 It attaches to your STERNUM?!?

    • serdy ximi

      serdy ximi

      12 klukkustundum síðan

      Tom: I've got an email, Me: Oh he's got a sponsership

  43. no body

    no body

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    No masks? Is this pre-covid?

  44. low quality

    low quality

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    "you don't train with it often because you shouldn't have to use it" 🤨

  45. Callum Fahey

    Callum Fahey

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    What a thrill With darkness and silence through the night What a thrill I'm searching and I'll melt into you What a fear in my heart But you're so supreme!

  46. Kurrow


    13 klukkustundum síðan

    When imagining working on turbines it was always scary for me because you know giant pole with giant blades. To see its so safe is reassuring.

  47. Calen J

    Calen J

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Wind energy is a sham

  48. L4WNY


    13 klukkustundum síðan

    You should've asked if you could be tied to the blades 😁

  49. Steven Stokes

    Steven Stokes

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    The invisible selfie stick is underrated

  50. SantaClausDeluxe


    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Next video: taking emergency exit of a submarine or a plane

  51. DP


    13 klukkustundum síðan

    I had a moment of confusion before I realized that some shots were being filmed by a drone. You totally should have included a bit about that in the video for enthusiasts to nerd out about.

  52. L_B42 __

    L_B42 __

    14 klukkustundum síðan

    If only the people on top while one was on fire did this

  53. chattphotos


    14 klukkustundum síðan

    And for some reason, they said... yes This sounds like something you'd hear on Top Gear/Grand Tour

  54. Astro Shinde

    Astro Shinde

    14 klukkustundum síðan

    I think he’s got 2 wires on him

  55. Bart Hagen

    Bart Hagen

    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Did the two young Dutch workers who died on a turbine not have this escape system?

    • Connor Egan

      Connor Egan

      6 klukkustundum síðan

      They did not.

  56. Ed


    15 klukkustundum síðan

    My hands sweated watching this

  57. S R

    S R

    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom, you're a madman. I appreciate your videos a lot.



    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom: I've got an email, Me: Oh he's got a sponsership

  59. Wilfrid Somogyi

    Wilfrid Somogyi

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Can you do a video about Sutton Hoo?

  60. Ayzklymbr


    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom Scott > Tom Cruise



    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Wow great video, nerve-racking but great

  62. Critical Event

    Critical Event

    18 klukkustundum síðan

    I used to climb radio towers for a living but I had the opportunity to climb one of the bigger turbines once, the feeling of being outside on that wet curved surface at the top was way more unnerving than hanging off any piece of angle iron I've hung from my finger tips on.

  63. Qnasher


    18 klukkustundum síðan


  64. ABN Nuzzi Nicholas Clay

    ABN Nuzzi Nicholas Clay

    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Turbines are a scam

  65. PizzaPuntThomas


    19 klukkustundum síðan

    I love how tom doenst cut away those 'and thats a video' things

  66. Mohit singh

    Mohit singh

    20 klukkustundum síðan

    Na, if i do that my heart and my balls would switch their places with each other instantly.

  67. Jason Aspinall

    Jason Aspinall

    20 klukkustundum síðan

    ...and the best part of Octopus is their 5p/kwh overnight leccy rate to charge my EV :)

  68. laskin riubn

    laskin riubn

    21 klukkustund síðan

    Tom: "Look at that view!!!" Me: grabs desk, tries not to pass out.

  69. Bobby Portman

    Bobby Portman

    21 klukkustund síðan

    Safest Job there is. Unless a fire starts below and youre on top.

    • laskin riubn

      laskin riubn

      21 klukkustund síðan

      I’ve got two wires

  70. Banned Conservative

    Banned Conservative

    21 klukkustund síðan

    Turbines are not green or renewable

  71. matthew norman

    matthew norman

    21 klukkustund síðan

    How would a guy go about getting one of those retired blades, when they replace them? if they are hollow i would like to see if i can use them in a boat design as additional buoyancy. do the cans get replaced too? if so what would they take to get ahold of as well?

  72. 秋山澪


    22 klukkustundum síðan

    What happens if you are climbing the tower and you accidentally slip and fall upwards? Will the failsafe work?

  73. Torpisoul


    22 klukkustundum síðan

    Yay Octopus! (My provider)

  74. Euphoric Eugene

    Euphoric Eugene

    22 klukkustundum síðan

    i am proud of you Tom! I know you are afraid of heights

  75. Nethiuz


    22 klukkustundum síðan

    It's Tom, i like before video starts.

  76. Lars L

    Lars L

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Wasn't it because of a Netherland Wind Turbine incident, where two engineers died because of a fire and blocked emergency escape, that these external emergency descendts became mandatory?

  77. Aristotally


    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Maybe I'm dumb but wouldn't it be a good idea to wrap ther turbine in solar panels? It's already producing power and it's absorbing a tonne of sunlight so...

    • Connor Egan

      Connor Egan

      6 klukkustundum síðan

      Where would you put the wires tho



    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Girls :why we live longer Boys 4:58



    23 klukkustundum síðan

    4:14 what you came for

  80. manta1969manta


    23 klukkustundum síðan

    😂😂😂 forgets to walking- main mistake😂😂😂

  81. Conor Utterback

    Conor Utterback

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Biggest balls of the year award goes to: Sir Thomas Scott

  82. LJSE


    23 klukkustundum síðan

    You, and all the lads that work there, have massive pairs of nuts to do that!

  83. Lloyd Hardin

    Lloyd Hardin

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    After all that talk about it it didn't even look like they lowered him down on a controlled rate descender, looked more like a releasable. Also this is the greatest job ever. Blade Repair via Rope Access

  84. Sharpie Boi

    Sharpie Boi

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Would your face hit the ladder if the harness caught you?

    • Connor Egan

      Connor Egan

      6 klukkustundum síðan

      Well, it might But it's better than falling

  85. BlueCarnage


    Degi Síðan síðan

    I’ve got two wires

  86. outcastkatsuki


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Nope nope nope x infinity



    Degi Síðan síðan

    Jesus christ this scared me

  88. Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Nice :)

  89. Anonymous Suomynona

    Anonymous Suomynona

    Degi Síðan síðan

    You couldn't pay me to do this

  90. Adam Dornberger

    Adam Dornberger

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Ur guy has 4 minutes to get to the ground before he's dead

  91. Adam Dornberger

    Adam Dornberger

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Use a fisk

  92. ken bosco

    ken bosco

    Degi Síðan síðan

    “I’ve got two balls “but they are no way big enough to ascend or descend a wind turbine.

  93. Terd Ferguson

    Terd Ferguson

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Great attitude to fight your fear, state the obvious.

  94. caribbeanchild


    Degi Síðan síðan

    The wind turbines are what need to make the exit!

  95. juicy orange

    juicy orange

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Never in a million life times will I ever do that. Decend or climb a wind turbine

  96. EMC


    Degi Síðan síðan

    no no no no no no

  97. Lucian MAFIA

    Lucian MAFIA

    Degi Síðan síðan

    😄 ..𝑺𝒐 𝒘𝒆'𝒓𝒆 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇𝒊𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈?.. 4:51

    • Connor Egan

      Connor Egan

      6 klukkustundum síðan

      360 camera.

  98. Anthony Elwick

    Anthony Elwick

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Is this because of those two people who died from a fire on one?

  99. Nathan Hatfield

    Nathan Hatfield

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Awww. You didn’t show my favorite part. The thousands and thousands of birds killed each year by wind turbines.

  100. Austin Denotter

    Austin Denotter

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Has a government funded wind turbine ever paid for itself?