Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine

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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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  • 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...!)

    Tom ScottTom Scott6 päivää sitten
    • lmao

      Bread Emoji • 60 years agoBread Emoji • 60 years ago9 tuntia sitten
    • 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?

      Takin DaneshmirTakin Daneshmir9 tuntia sitten
    • Hi, can we expect more videos on wind turbines and how they work and how they are operated? This is very interesting! :)

      SadSadPäivä sitten
    • hdd

      BENTIK soibamBENTIK soibamPäivä sitten
    • Could have just made the video longer. Brilliant idea

      It's Ok To Be WhiteIt's Ok To Be WhitePäivä sitten
  • My hands sweated watching this

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

    S RS RTunti sitten
  • Tom: I've got an email, Me: Oh he's got a sponsership

    CLUSIONCLUSIONTunti sitten
  • Can you do a video about Sutton Hoo?

    Wilfrid SomogyiWilfrid Somogyi2 tuntia sitten
  • Tom Scott > Tom Cruise

    AyzklymbrAyzklymbr3 tuntia sitten
  • Wow great video, nerve-racking but great

    MFJONESMFJONES3 tuntia sitten
  • 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.

    Critical EventCritical Event3 tuntia sitten

    QnasherQnasher4 tuntia sitten
  • Turbines are a scam

    ABN Nuzzi Nicholas ClayABN Nuzzi Nicholas Clay4 tuntia sitten
  • I love how tom doenst cut away those 'and thats a video' things

    PizzaPuntThomasPizzaPuntThomas5 tuntia sitten
  • Na, if i do that my heart and my balls would switch their places with each other instantly.

    Mohit singhMohit singh5 tuntia sitten
  • ...and the best part of Octopus is their 5p/kwh overnight leccy rate to charge my EV :)

    Jason AspinallJason Aspinall6 tuntia sitten
  • Tom: "Look at that view!!!" Me: grabs desk, tries not to pass out.

    laskin riubnlaskin riubn6 tuntia sitten
  • Safest Job there is. Unless a fire starts below and youre on top.

    Bobby PortmanBobby Portman7 tuntia sitten
    • I’ve got two wires

      laskin riubnlaskin riubn6 tuntia sitten
  • Turbines are not green or renewable

    Banned ConservativeBanned Conservative7 tuntia sitten
  • 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?

    matthew normanmatthew norman7 tuntia sitten
  • What happens if you are climbing the tower and you accidentally slip and fall upwards? Will the failsafe work?

    秋山澪秋山澪8 tuntia sitten
  • Yay Octopus! (My provider)

    TorpisoulTorpisoul8 tuntia sitten
  • i am proud of you Tom! I know you are afraid of heights

    Euphoric EugeneEuphoric Eugene8 tuntia sitten
  • It's Tom, i like before video starts.

    NethiuzNethiuz8 tuntia sitten
  • 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?

    Lars LLars L8 tuntia sitten
  • 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...

    AristotallyAristotally8 tuntia sitten
  • Girls :why we live longer Boys 4:58

    BABITA JAINBABITA JAIN8 tuntia sitten
  • 4:14 what you came for

    BABITA JAINBABITA JAIN8 tuntia sitten
  • 😂😂😂 forgets to walking- main mistake😂😂😂

    manta1969mantamanta1969manta9 tuntia sitten
  • Biggest balls of the year award goes to: Sir Thomas Scott

    Conor UtterbackConor Utterback9 tuntia sitten
  • You, and all the lads that work there, have massive pairs of nuts to do that!

    LJSELJSE9 tuntia sitten
  • 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

    Lloyd HardinLloyd Hardin9 tuntia sitten
  • Would your face hit the ladder if the harness caught you?

    Sharpie BoiSharpie Boi9 tuntia sitten
  • I’ve got two wires

    BlueCarnageBlueCarnage9 tuntia sitten
  • Nope nope nope x infinity

    outcastkatsukioutcastkatsuki10 tuntia sitten
  • Jesus christ this scared me

    JOJO BALOTJOJO BALOT10 tuntia sitten
  • Nice :)

    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.10 tuntia sitten
  • You couldn't pay me to do this

    Anonymous SuomynonaAnonymous Suomynona11 tuntia sitten
  • Ur guy has 4 minutes to get to the ground before he's dead

    Adam DornbergerAdam Dornberger11 tuntia sitten
  • Use a fisk

    Adam DornbergerAdam Dornberger11 tuntia sitten
  • “I’ve got two balls “but they are no way big enough to ascend or descend a wind turbine.

    ken boscoken bosco11 tuntia sitten
  • Great attitude to fight your fear, state the obvious.

    Terd FergusonTerd Ferguson12 tuntia sitten
  • The wind turbines are what need to make the exit!

    caribbeanchildcaribbeanchild12 tuntia sitten
  • Never in a million life times will I ever do that. Decend or climb a wind turbine

    juicy orangejuicy orange12 tuntia sitten
  • no no no no no no

    EMCEMC12 tuntia sitten
  • 😄 ..𝑺𝒐 𝒘𝒆'𝒓𝒆 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇𝒊𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈?.. 4:51

    Lucian MAFIALucian MAFIA12 tuntia sitten
  • Is this because of those two people who died from a fire on one?

    Anthony ElwickAnthony Elwick13 tuntia sitten
  • Awww. You didn’t show my favorite part. The thousands and thousands of birds killed each year by wind turbines.

    Nathan HatfieldNathan Hatfield13 tuntia sitten
  • Has a government funded wind turbine ever paid for itself?

    Austin DenotterAustin Denotter13 tuntia sitten
  • Wow! I felt the pain in my legs!

    Raul RojasRaul Rojas13 tuntia sitten
  • They're 140 meters or 450 feet in America.

    Hey DudeHey Dude14 tuntia sitten
  • Does this count as rapelling down a building? (even if it isn't a building)

    RockBoyRockBoy14 tuntia sitten
  • Imagine regaining consciousness halfway down..

    jbraun23jbraun2314 tuntia sitten
  • Me: theres a fire and I need to get to the emergency exit! The emergency exit: *just climb that 60 foot ladder over there*

    SazzySazzy14 tuntia sitten
  • Bravo! A Tom Scott video I actually liked! Idk what it is about you, bro. You seem like an awesome guy, and I'm sure we'd get along, I just feel like I'm watching the news or something when you're videos come one.

    HelladamnleetHelladamnleet14 tuntia sitten
  • wow. props for 4:15..... all i can say is never in a million years

    VelfeedaVelfeeda14 tuntia sitten
  • I climbed a radio tower same fall arrest except it wasn't such a nice clean ladder

    thetommantomthetommantom15 tuntia sitten
  • 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!!

    Regdu GehtRegdu Geht15 tuntia sitten
  • TIL these things have insides

    BaronVonBorkBaronVonBork15 tuntia sitten
    • I’d love a job like that, so cool!

      Regdu GehtRegdu Geht15 tuntia sitten
  • Why Nuclear power plant is so much better worked on the USS Enterprise in the 90s and not Star Trek.

    Bryan DukeBryan Duke15 tuntia sitten
  • Tom Scott, known for having big balls of steel!

    pimpshizapimpshiza15 tuntia sitten
  • Rapping off the east ledges of El Caption has a much better view in my opinion.

    Anthony MoserAnthony Moser15 tuntia sitten
  • I'm not afraid of heights but that.... That scares me

    Rex 81-12Rex 81-1216 tuntia sitten
  • I could never... Nope.

    B KingskiB Kingski17 tuntia sitten
  • Didn't fancy doing the full John Noakes?

    Daryl BainesDaryl Baines17 tuntia sitten
  • Wow, I don't know if I could have had the nerves to just walk backwards off of a turbine like that! Good job!

    Braeburn HilliardBraeburn Hilliard17 tuntia sitten
  • From my experience repelling, it’s terrifying to transition when the wall is 15 feet tall. I can’t imagine trying to transition on top of a turbine

    Callisto MusicCallisto Music17 tuntia sitten
  • I am so jealous!

    lufcwlslufcwls17 tuntia sitten
  • Brilliant watch that! Would love to do this as my job!

    REBUGREBUG17 tuntia sitten
  • In the zombie apocalypse a wind turbine is a decent place to hide

    JodigoJodigo17 tuntia sitten
  • Ruin your day if you miss calculated the rope Length.

    Angry GnomeAngry Gnome18 tuntia sitten
  • This was great. I would do that in a second, no doubt.

    Charlie FoxCharlie Fox18 tuntia sitten
  • What if it's on fire?

    Apex 223Apex 22318 tuntia sitten
  • Amazing

    Ryan50RyanRyan50Ryan18 tuntia sitten
  • I’d love a job like that, so cool!

    cwuziicwuzii18 tuntia sitten
  • Tom Scott or.... Tony Greenberg

    Truth SeekerTruth Seeker19 tuntia sitten
  • Lmfao nope.

    RustaceanRustacean19 tuntia sitten
  • I'd honestly rather glide down on the emergency exit instead of using the ladder.

    Loogi BalloogiLoogi Balloogi19 tuntia sitten
  • For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23) There is nothing more important then getting right with the Creator, Jesus Christ. Those that refuse to come before him and repent with godly sorrow for sinning against him will stand before him in judgment and be cast into the lake of fire. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Heb 9:27) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)

    John McDonaldJohn McDonald20 tuntia sitten
  • I wonder if they coached Tom to focus on the protection two ropes offered?

    Ivor O'ConnorIvor O'Connor20 tuntia sitten
  • I understand the wind is blowing strong enough to power wind turbines virtually anywhere as long as the base is 150 meters up. That's 3x higher than this turbine. Also at that height they on average can produce 20 times the power that one produces. Not 3x the power. Unfortunately these mega structures need an Elon Musk to push them through.

    Ivor O'ConnorIvor O'Connor20 tuntia sitten
  • last year i climbed to the top of a 80 metre radio tower. i had no fall arrest system, no ropes, no failsafe. it was very stupid i know but it was a very nice view at the top.

    Team BjörksLardenTeam BjörksLarden20 tuntia sitten
  • this looks SO. DAMN. FUN.

    bluishjulesbluishjules21 tunti sitten
  • Hey look, it’s a ten year old rock climbing

    DaurakDaurak21 tunti sitten
  • was the cameraman floating in the last part? who was filming??

    ChaR F0xChaR F0x21 tunti sitten
  • it's not going to work if it's too windy and the engines are over heating and you'd be blown everywhere if you even tried the fan blade would cut your rope immediately or send your flying or repeatedly hitting the ground over and over.

    Euclidean PlaneEuclidean Plane21 tunti sitten
  • In case you wonder if there's any form of slow motion bungee jumping well... there is

    Mircea020Mircea02022 tuntia sitten
  • There were a bunch of motors inside once you got to the top, presumably they let the turbine pivot to face whichever direction the wind is coming from? I never thought about if they turn before.

    Sam ButlerSam Butler22 tuntia sitten
  • Cool seeing this as it is on my bucket list. Fingers crossed I be able to do so. Who knows. 😊

    revise hellenologophobicrevise hellenologophobic22 tuntia sitten
  • Octopuses love wind turbines

    Alpha to ZuluAlpha to Zulu22 tuntia sitten
  • It remids me of Portal's 2 Wheatly quote: "Do not look down, do not look down, do not look down.. ahhh! I lookd down!"

    Michał KrzyżanowskiMichał Krzyżanowski22 tuntia sitten
  • One word. NOPE

    CommanderDangerCommanderDanger22 tuntia sitten
  • Well...that' just a whole lot of NOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPE!!! And now, excuse me, I have to go lay down, on the ground...

    Ruth BeatyRuth Beaty23 tuntia sitten
  • You'll feel better to know the breaking strength of a 1/2 inch Blue Water rope is 7,500 - 10,000 lbs and you had two of those attached to you - By all accounts the rope will break you long before you'll break it (which is also why its so important to manage a falls distance on ropes) after folks hear how insanely strong their equipment is, its actually easier to relax a bit and trust in it.

    Sp1der44Sp1der4423 tuntia sitten
  • Wind turbines will never be carbon neutral

    beefboi1997beefboi199723 tuntia sitten
  • Why does the green exit sign have a guy running to a door?

    badreality2badreality223 tuntia sitten
  • 3:15 the heck is this weird jump on resq box ?

    ОлегОлег23 tuntia sitten
  • Him : oh look at that view Me : ima just take the ladder

    Fallout WarsFallout Wars23 tuntia sitten
  • My dude had to keep reminding himself he's got two wires I feel you I wouldn't do it with three 😂

    Black Opal FarmBlack Opal Farm23 tuntia sitten
  • 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!!

    yuitr loingyuitr loingPäivä sitten
  • I think I speak for a lot of people when I say “F**K THAT!” 😲 You wouldn’t even get me up there, nevermind down the outside!!

    Alan Broadhurst-HallAlan Broadhurst-HallPäivä sitten
    • I really appreciate the googly eyes on the hat.

      yuitr loingyuitr loingPäivä sitten
  • tom should run for parliament again

    bear watches vidsbear watches vidsPäivä sitten
  • My hands are looking sweat and my feet are tingling just watching.

    BeanbagTheMeanbagBeanbagTheMeanbagPäivä sitten