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

    6 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...!)

    • Takin Daneshmir

      Takin Daneshmir

      43 daqiqa oldin

      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?

    • Sad


      22 soat oldin

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

    • BENTIK soibam

      BENTIK soibam

      Kun oldin


    • It's Ok To Be White

      It's Ok To Be White

      Kun oldin

      Could have just made the video longer. Brilliant idea

    • pedro andrade

      pedro andrade

      Kun oldin

      I guess its safe to say, You have the best job in the world xD

  2. manta1969manta


    30 daqiqa oldin

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

  3. Conor Utterback

    Conor Utterback

    30 daqiqa oldin

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

  4. LJSE


    32 daqiqa oldin

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

  5. Lloyd Hardin

    Lloyd Hardin

    45 daqiqa oldin

    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

  6. Sharpie Boi

    Sharpie Boi

    51 daqiqa oldin

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

  7. BlueCarnage


    Soat oldin

    I’ve got two wires

  8. outcastkatsuki


    Soat oldin

    Nope nope nope x infinity



    2 soat oldin

    Jesus christ this scared me

  10. Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    2 soat oldin

    Nice :)

  11. Anonymous Suomynona

    Anonymous Suomynona

    2 soat oldin

    You couldn't pay me to do this

  12. Adam Dornberger

    Adam Dornberger

    2 soat oldin

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

  13. Adam Dornberger

    Adam Dornberger

    2 soat oldin

    Use a fisk

  14. ken bosco

    ken bosco

    3 soat oldin

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

  15. Terd Ferguson

    Terd Ferguson

    3 soat oldin

    Great attitude to fight your fear, state the obvious.

  16. caribbeanchild


    3 soat oldin

    The wind turbines are what need to make the exit!

  17. juicy orange

    juicy orange

    3 soat oldin

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

  18. EMC


    3 soat oldin

    no no no no no no

  19. Lucian MAFIA

    Lucian MAFIA

    3 soat oldin

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

  20. Anthony Elwick

    Anthony Elwick

    4 soat oldin

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

  21. Nathan Hatfield

    Nathan Hatfield

    4 soat oldin

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

  22. Austin Denotter

    Austin Denotter

    4 soat oldin

    Has a government funded wind turbine ever paid for itself?

  23. Raul Rojas

    Raul Rojas

    5 soat oldin

    Wow! I felt the pain in my legs!

  24. Hey Dude

    Hey Dude

    5 soat oldin

    They're 140 meters or 450 feet in America.

  25. RockBoy


    5 soat oldin

    Does this count as rapelling down a building? (even if it isn't a building)

  26. jbraun23


    5 soat oldin

    Imagine regaining consciousness halfway down..

  27. Sazzy


    5 soat oldin

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

  28. Helladamnleet


    5 soat oldin

    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.

  29. Velfeeda


    5 soat oldin

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

  30. thetommantom


    6 soat oldin

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

  31. Regdu Geht

    Regdu Geht

    6 soat 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!!

  32. BaronVonBork


    6 soat oldin

    TIL these things have insides

    • Regdu Geht

      Regdu Geht

      6 soat oldin

      I’d love a job like that, so cool!

  33. Bryan Duke

    Bryan Duke

    6 soat oldin

    Why Nuclear power plant is so much better worked on the USS Enterprise in the 90s and not Star Trek.

  34. pimpshiza


    6 soat oldin

    Tom Scott, known for having big balls of steel!

  35. Anthony Moser

    Anthony Moser

    6 soat oldin

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

  36. Rex 81-12

    Rex 81-12

    7 soat oldin

    I'm not afraid of heights but that.... That scares me

  37. B Kingski

    B Kingski

    8 soat oldin

    I could never... Nope.

  38. Daryl Baines

    Daryl Baines

    8 soat oldin

    Didn't fancy doing the full John Noakes?

  39. Braeburn Hilliard

    Braeburn Hilliard

    8 soat oldin

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

  40. Callisto Music

    Callisto Music

    8 soat oldin

    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

  41. lufcwls


    8 soat oldin

    I am so jealous!

  42. REBUG


    8 soat oldin

    Brilliant watch that! Would love to do this as my job!

  43. Jodigo


    9 soat oldin

    In the zombie apocalypse a wind turbine is a decent place to hide

  44. Angry Gnome

    Angry Gnome

    9 soat oldin

    Ruin your day if you miss calculated the rope Length.

  45. Charlie Fox

    Charlie Fox

    9 soat oldin

    This was great. I would do that in a second, no doubt.

  46. Apex 223

    Apex 223

    9 soat oldin

    What if it's on fire?

  47. Ryan50Ryan


    10 soat oldin


  48. cwuzii


    10 soat oldin

    I’d love a job like that, so cool!

  49. Truth Seeker

    Truth Seeker

    10 soat oldin

    Tom Scott or.... Tony Greenberg

  50. Rustacean


    10 soat oldin

    Lmfao nope.

  51. Loogi Balloogi

    Loogi Balloogi

    11 soat oldin

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

  52. John McDonald

    John McDonald

    11 soat oldin

    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)

  53. Ivor O'Connor

    Ivor O'Connor

    11 soat oldin

    I wonder if they coached Tom to focus on the protection two ropes offered?

  54. Ivor O'Connor

    Ivor O'Connor

    11 soat oldin

    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.

  55. Team BjörksLarden

    Team BjörksLarden

    12 soat oldin

    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.

  56. bluishjules


    12 soat oldin

    this looks SO. DAMN. FUN.

  57. Daurak


    12 soat oldin

    Hey look, it’s a ten year old rock climbing

  58. ChaR F0x

    ChaR F0x

    12 soat oldin

    was the cameraman floating in the last part? who was filming??

  59. Euclidean Plane

    Euclidean Plane

    12 soat oldin

    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.

  60. Mircea020


    13 soat oldin

    In case you wonder if there's any form of slow motion bungee jumping well... there is

  61. Sam Butler

    Sam Butler

    13 soat oldin

    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.

  62. revise hellenologophobic

    revise hellenologophobic

    13 soat oldin

    Cool seeing this as it is on my bucket list. Fingers crossed I be able to do so. Who knows. 😊

  63. Alpha to Zulu

    Alpha to Zulu

    13 soat oldin

    Octopuses love wind turbines

  64. Michał Krzyżanowski

    Michał Krzyżanowski

    13 soat oldin

    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!"

  65. CommanderDanger


    14 soat oldin

    One word. NOPE

  66. Ruth Beaty

    Ruth Beaty

    14 soat oldin

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

  67. Sp1der44


    14 soat oldin

    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.

  68. beefboi1997


    14 soat oldin

    Wind turbines will never be carbon neutral

  69. badreality2


    14 soat oldin

    Why does the green exit sign have a guy running to a door?

  70. Олег


    14 soat oldin

    3:15 the heck is this weird jump on resq box ?

  71. Fallout Wars

    Fallout Wars

    14 soat oldin

    Him : oh look at that view Me : ima just take the ladder

  72. Black Opal Farm

    Black Opal Farm

    15 soat oldin

    My dude had to keep reminding himself he's got two wires I feel you I wouldn't do it with three 😂

  73. yuitr loing

    yuitr loing

    15 soat 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!!

  74. Alan Broadhurst-Hall

    Alan Broadhurst-Hall

    15 soat oldin

    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!!

    • yuitr loing

      yuitr loing

      15 soat oldin

      I really appreciate the googly eyes on the hat.

  75. bear watches vids

    bear watches vids

    15 soat oldin

    tom should run for parliament again

  76. BeanbagTheMeanbag


    15 soat oldin

    My hands are looking sweat and my feet are tingling just watching.

  77. jessica


    15 soat oldin

    I'm terrified of being super high up even watching this makes me tingly. 😂backing off the ledge is a no for me. Very brave people

  78. Robert Lawson

    Robert Lawson

    15 soat oldin

    Nope. No. No. Uh uh. Nope.

  79. zeeheaded


    15 soat oldin

    Huh brain kinda had a moment processing that the selfie stick is edited out.

  80. David


    15 soat oldin

    What happens when you gotta use the bathroom? You fling it as far as you can?

  81. Anime Profile Picture

    Anime Profile Picture

    16 soat oldin

    Some guy with a wind turbine: [watches tom scott videos] Bet that guy would like to go in my wind turbine

  82. Joep Saris

    Joep Saris

    16 soat oldin

    I like the helmet with the eyes :)

  83. Daniel J

    Daniel J

    16 soat oldin

    Have seen plenty of BASE jumping videos off wind turbines that deserve at least this many views! That’s the mans way of getting down! 😁

  84. Please don't feed the animals

    Please don't feed the animals

    16 soat oldin

    God 4:25 made me feel sick to my stomach with vertigo

  85. Jarrad James

    Jarrad James

    16 soat oldin

    wind turbines are stupid and inefficient means of energy.

  86. Andrei


    16 soat oldin

    I got dizzy and my hands started to sweat just by watching this 😶

  87. Dale Gribble

    Dale Gribble

    16 soat oldin

    Any MrBallens fans scarred because of the the 20 year olds who got stuck at the top of one these because a fire engulfed it one tried running through and one decided to just jump..... neither survived

  88. Basic


    16 soat oldin

    Empirically, he's wrong about how safe his job is...

  89. Josh Sealey

    Josh Sealey

    17 soat oldin

    I think tom has two wires on him

  90. Robert F. Jobin Jr.

    Robert F. Jobin Jr.

    17 soat oldin

    I really appreciate the googly eyes on the hat.

  91. Pytho


    17 soat oldin

    I liked those googlie eyes on the helmet.

  92. Adam Dennis

    Adam Dennis

    17 soat oldin

    How much does the blade guy make? Anybody know?

  93. Matt Roszak

    Matt Roszak

    17 soat oldin

    Green energy companies could make a lot of extra money selling tickets to thrill seekers.

  94. Jimmy J

    Jimmy J

    17 soat oldin

    Should ofnshown the whole way down but ff it. I guess not....

  95. Phin Jones

    Phin Jones

    18 soat oldin

    Last time I got an email from an energy company it was a bill...

  96. Dl B

    Dl B

    18 soat oldin

    That is a BIG NOPE from me.

    • RPG YT

      RPG YT

      18 soat oldin


  97. Riaan Burger

    Riaan Burger

    18 soat oldin

    As a fellow rope tech, I've scrutinized this video and can confirm that the techs are professional and nothing is out of the place. If that sounds like petty behaviour, then maybe consider that scrutinizing your team members is a vital part of the general safety culture needed for this type of work. I personally do echo his statement: "Personally this is safer than any other job that you can do." Well, maybe not all other jobs, but a hell of a lot of them, like driving a bus for instance. As a bit of a side note: Watching this, my girlfriend told me: "I can never do that." to which I said: "IKR! I also hate screw-gate karabiners!!"

  98. Vincent Kelly

    Vincent Kelly

    18 soat oldin

    Love that they got exit signs that point down while you're climbing

  99. Fck Google

    Fck Google

    18 soat oldin

    Good thing Iam sitting on the toilet watching this.

  100. Underground Pianist

    Underground Pianist

    18 soat oldin

    Amazing! Lots of fun and green energy!