Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine

3 mai 2021
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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 ScottIl y a 9 jours
    • Yes but being 50 meters up is far more scary than 6 foot up!

      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!Il y a 11 heures
    • @AcogR6 what did kings of kings say

      PafPafIl y a 17 heures
    • @Kalel Alex Yea, been using Flixzone for months myself =)

      Dean AngeloDean AngeloIl y a jour
    • A tip: watch movies at Flixzone. Me and my gf have been using them for watching lots of of movies during the lockdown.

      Kalel AlexKalel AlexIl y a jour
    • Asoo

      ossousossousIl y a 2 jours
  • ok where do i signup for that job!

    DAGATHireDAGATHireIl y a heure
  • I wish I had the chill energy this dude Ben has.

    KraliMishevKraliMishevIl y a heure
  • Those googly eyes on his helmet

    BBIl y a 2 heures
  • Blue shirt EWT guy sounds very much like the Icelandic accent

    PrfctdrkPrfctdrkIl y a 2 heures
  • Woahhhhhh!!!

    FD BFD BIl y a 2 heures
  • The center of the turbine looks like the inside of a space station.

    John BJohn BIl y a 4 heures
  • You made the same kind of noises I'd make IF I were doing that.

    Public PublicPublic PublicIl y a 4 heures
  • Anybody know who asked?

    Lim1t3d lLim1t3d lIl y a 7 heures
  • I always thought there were stairs inside :( I'm so disappointed

    David Tiotic RenklDavid Tiotic RenklIl y a 7 heures
  • I thought they use parachute 😞

    Josua PerezJosua PerezIl y a 8 heures
  • Is the harness also redundant? Would be a pity if your two cables are fine, but a single tear in the harness would still get you falling to the ground.

    ThomasThomasIl y a 8 heures
  • I'm not sure if you guys could tell, But tom had 2 wires on him

    T.P.G GamingT.P.G GamingIl y a 8 heures
  • BIG BALLS!! 👌🏼

    SteelflexSteelflexIl y a 11 heures
  • Welldone geeza i bet that took your brain some convincing to lean back there haha

    carlowens10carlowens10Il y a 11 heures
  • i love the dude being interviewed, absolute legend

    fouoii gyhhfouoii gyhhIl y a 13 heures
  • こんなもん 30年ももたんだろ

    税金で飯を食うとうまいな税金で飯を食うとうまいなIl y a 13 heures
    • this just activated my claustrophobia

      fouoii gyhhfouoii gyhhIl y a 13 heures
  • Blooper- Turbine comes on , cables get caught and Tom goes for a ride in giant circles . BlllOOOoooOOOoooDDDyyy HHHEeeeEEEeeeEEEeeeLLL!

    Kelly CarrKelly CarrIl y a 14 heures
  • this gives me anxiety

    the.raventhe.ravenIl y a 14 heures
  • Yea, only if it were that easy!

    Danny CortezDanny CortezIl y a 15 heures
  • What is the life expectancy of a wind turbine? And how much does it cost to dismantle one? How many birds per year do they kill?

    OneCupOfCoffee204OneCupOfCoffee204Il y a 15 heures
  • How much does it cost to change blades?

    OneCupOfCoffee204OneCupOfCoffee204Il y a 15 heures
  • How long does it take for these wind turbines to become profitable?

    OneCupOfCoffee204OneCupOfCoffee204Il y a 15 heures
  • I work in wind, in the US. I climb 80 meter towers every day, but unfortunately have never been allowed to do an external evacuation. No longer a part of our training, we use dummies for practice. Jealous!

    Jesse TonerJesse TonerIl y a 15 heures
  • This definitely has radiation right ?

    XULTAIFFXULTAIFFIl y a 16 heures
  • this is one of Tom's coolest videos

    RhodesiaRhodesiaIl y a 17 heures
  • 3:47 Ok... that's as much of this as I can watch. :-}

    baylinkdashytbaylinkdashytIl y a 17 heures
  • Hey I do this every day rn haha. Our turbines are 280 feet tall tho

    Luke SitesLuke SitesIl y a 17 heures
  • I can't even begin to imagine the amount of fear I wold have descending.

    BluedberryBluedberryIl y a 19 heures
  • There be googly eyes on his helmet

    David SchaeferDavid SchaeferIl y a 19 heures
  • I got stressed out watching this video

    Polat AlemdarPolat AlemdarIl y a 20 heures
  • this just activated my claustrophobia

    SnorefestSnorefestIl y a 21 heure
  • The fire service would climb this.

    razerbazrazerbazIl y a 22 heures
  • My hands and feet started sweating watching his descent.

    PreEnabledPreEnabledIl y a 22 heures
  • 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!

    KroneYTKroneYTIl y a 23 heures
  • For some reason it never occurred to me that Wind Turbines had doors and had interiors. I thought they were maintained from the outside.

    Alex HarrisAlex HarrisIl y a jour
  • when you started going off the edge i got so much anxiety

    OpacityOpacityIl y a jour
  • That emergency exit is safer than fire escape ladders.

    Ninja Nerd Student #69Ninja Nerd Student #69Il y a jour
  • 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 CraigRobert CraigIl y a jour
  • Great when the wind blows 🤣 we'll have to sit in the dark when it doesn't 🙄

    Robert DayRobert DayIl y a jour
  • this video reminds me of that one photo of 2 engineers hugging eachother on a burning turbine and now am sad :(

    Chocolate BeansChocolate BeansIl y a jour
  • 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!

    popperbitspopperbitsIl y a jour
  • Why is your selfie pole edited out of the video as you descend?

    Wearisome NomadWearisome NomadIl y a jour
  • 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.

    sirchicken foodsirchicken foodIl y a jour
  • 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.

    TheSackeseTheSackeseIl y a jour
  • Pov this channel was in your recommended

    Vex2K4Vex2K4Il y a jour
  • Love that green exit signal in the wall, very funny!

    Meu Canto GamesMeu Canto GamesIl y a jour
  • The most mind blowing thing here is that invisible selfie stick.

    Zach PZach PIl y a jour
  • Can't help but think of that video with the two repairmen stuck on the burning turbine

    d1ckyj0nesd1ckyj0nesIl y a jour
  • You remember those two guys who burnt to death one jumped on the windmill

    Hexus MexusHexus MexusIl y a jour
  • by then.

    mikin liroumikin lirouIl y a jour
  • The 360 camera was a great tool for this video amazing

    • My Hands: 💧💧💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦

      mikin liroumikin lirouIl y a jour
  • Me with vertigo: wow nice

    ABAlphaBetaABAlphaBetaIl y a jour
  • 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.

    IsmalithIsmalithIl y a jour
  • Cameraman: I am light years ahead

    aspireaspireIl y a jour
  • i really wanna rappel down that

    Walter WaltersonWalter WaltersonIl y a jour
  • No. That’s scary AF!

    George GildenhuysGeorge GildenhuysIl y a jour
  • My.Hands.Are.Sweating.Profusely

    unbreakable footageunbreakable footageIl y a jour
  • Why not stairs? Stairs are more safer, You can even add barriers to them, Theres so much space in it!

    Roblox PlayerRoblox PlayerIl y a jour
  • Any OnlyConnectFans here?

    Kombi 88Kombi 88Il y a jour
  • How did the cameramen record the descent? By drone?

    boulderbash19700209boulderbash19700209Il y a jour
  • Sitting here with a thought. Are you brave or stupid? Personally, I hate heights, so it was hard to watch the video.

    Daniel SchwitzkyDaniel SchwitzkyIl y a jour
  • ᴵᶠ ᵃⁿʸᵒⁿᵉ ˢᵉᵉ ᵐʸ ˢᵐᵃˡˡ ᵗᵉˣᵗ ᶜᵒᵐᵐᵉⁿᵗ ᵗʰᵉⁿ ʰᵉˡᵖ ᵐᵉ ᵗᵒ ʳᵉᵃᶜʰ 100 ˢᵘᵇˢᶜʳᶦᵇᵉʳˢ ᶦⁿ ¹ ᵈᵃʸ.

    Speedy Wheels pakSpeedy Wheels pakIl y a jour
  • dangit I thought they were using a magnetic brake

    Harry MuHarry MuIl y a jour
  • Tom's just experiencing everything with a FRworld channel as a cover

    Sharp XenonSharp XenonIl y a jour
  • If I wasn't unconscious during the emergency descent, I would be before I reached the ground.

    Appalachian WandererAppalachian WandererIl y a jour
  • That's a fancy prusic hitch ... how much that set you back ?

    S MaksymivS MaksymivIl y a jour
  • My Hands: 💧💧💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💧💧💧💧💦💧💦💦💧💧💦💦💦💧💧💦💦💦

    Wv44Wv44Il y a jour
  • 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.

    Lea KLea KIl y a jour
  • If I was you, I'd be I'd be like "I'm gonna die"

    mohammad rezamohammad rezaIl y a jour
  • Can you imagine passing out, then someone yeets you out the emergency exit just for you to wake up on the way down

    shani yanshani yanIl y a jour
  • I could definitely feel something tightening up as got out on top of the turbine...

    CarnbyarstCarnbyarstIl y a jour
    • Next Episode... NASA: Tom, you want to go on a trip to the ISS? Tom: Only if I can do a space walk.

      shani yanshani yanIl y a jour
  • Hands literally pissing.... anyone else?

    carloshpbrcarloshpbrIl y a jour
  • i suddenly would be okay to work on turbines

    FloatingToa5tFloatingToa5tIl y a jour
  • 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

    Beam TradingBeam TradingIl y a jour
  • 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.

    madera648madera648Il y a jour
  • Nope!

    Steve KratzSteve KratzIl y a jour
  • 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

    Dutchie MDutchie MIl y a jour
  • 4:12 Tom Scott defusing a bomb

    Hari MistryHari MistryIl y a jour
  • Very interesting 👌

    Bernard HodgsonBernard HodgsonIl y a jour
  • 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.

    Ben CrawshawBen CrawshawIl y a 2 jours
  • 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...

    True RiverTrue RiverIl y a 2 jours

    Tony MontanaTony MontanaIl y a 2 jours
  • 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!

    DeliriousIntentionsDeliriousIntentionsIl y a 2 jours
  • Used to work for these guys, the views from the top was one of the best parts of the job.

    nikolait5nikolait5Il y a 2 jours
  • Also emergency pants change when you reach the ground

    derek876544derek876544Il y a 2 jours
  • I didnt even make it to the outside shots before I couldn't watch any more, fear of heights x,x

    NovaProspekt1337NovaProspekt1337Il y a 2 jours
  • Next Episode... NASA: Tom, you want to go on a trip to the ISS? Tom: Only if I can do a space walk.

    freggofreggoIl y a 2 jours
  • *sweaty palms intensifies*

    Lapiz LazuliLapiz LazuliIl y a 2 jours
  • ..and this is why I am not a youtuber :) My heart stopped just watching this.

    Andrew NAndrew NIl y a 2 jours
  • 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 RamGautham RamIl y a 2 jours
    • 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 :)

      Gautham RamGautham RamIl y a jour
  • You should at least train with it more just because it’s the last resort does not mean it shouldn’t be practiced

    TempVoTempVoIl y a 2 jours
  • 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.

    Doc HollidayDoc HollidayIl y a 2 jours
  • 🤩🤩🤩🤩

    Stephen MaherStephen MaherIl y a 2 jours
  • I wish I could jump too, with the safety equipment of course 😁

    Sherlyn FernandesSherlyn FernandesIl y a 2 jours
  • 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!!

    cqvio dolicqvio doliIl y a 2 jours
  • I illegally climb cranes, i dont wanna work construction but this seems cool af

    T H O N K I N G I N T E N S I F I E ST H O N K I N G I N T E N S I F I E SIl y a 2 jours
    • I'm good with dirty old blood stained oil. It stays on the ground

      cqvio dolicqvio doliIl y a 2 jours
  • ooo i wonder how the fans have mysteriously broken themselves today up i gooooo

    John Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IVJohn Jhon Jon Jonathan Johnson Johnston Johnstar IVIl y a 2 jours
  • The thumbnail reminded me of the two young engineers that died in a wind turbine fire a few years back :(

    JonathanJonathanIl y a 2 jours
  • Lets just say it... Any safety is good stuff

    Bassfear_Bassfear_Il y a 2 jours