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

    15 күн мурун

    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...!)

    • MRCG Millenium

      MRCG Millenium

      6 саат мурун

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

    • Carløs ;-;

      Carløs ;-;

      Күн мурун

      this video changed my life

    • Zzzz Zzzz

      Zzzz Zzzz

      Күн мурун

      thank you sponsor eagle

    • Paf


      3 күн мурун

      @Teut Hamer what

    • Teut Hamer

      Teut Hamer

      4 күн мурун

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

  2. robert17


    Саат мурун

    i dont know why i expected this video to be better

  3. Gabriel


    Саат мурун

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

  4. Herpes-Lip


    2 саат мурун

    Install an elevator. The turbine will power it.

  5. 郭文


    7 саат мурун

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

  6. h8GWBî


    8 саат мурун

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

  7. fred lonbottom

    fred lonbottom

    10 саат мурун

    The brawny mole immunohistochemically owe because drink macropharmacologically talk notwithstanding a unique stopwatch. late, loose commission

  8. Dj none

    Dj none

    12 саат мурун

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

  9. Aitor B

    Aitor B

    14 саат мурун

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

  10. Paul Robert

    Paul Robert

    16 саат мурун

    Not interesting at all

  11. morphman86


    16 саат мурун

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

  12. LiamThm


    16 саат мурун

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

  13. wesmatron


    17 саат мурун

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

  14. Glen DeKoker

    Glen DeKoker

    17 саат мурун


  15. Gianluca


    20 саат мурун

    you can make a theme park out of it

  16. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt

    21 саат мурун

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

  17. donnza c

    donnza c

    23 саат мурун

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

    • vbddfy euuyt

      vbddfy euuyt

      21 саат мурун

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

  18. Marcelo Jardon

    Marcelo Jardon

    Күн мурун

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

  19. Buddy Hendrix

    Buddy Hendrix

    Күн мурун


  20. Söt Gråvarg

    Söt Gråvarg

    Күн мурун

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

  21. Tactical Butter

    Tactical Butter

    Күн мурун

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

  22. MothproofKT


    Күн мурун

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

  23. Trevor Miles

    Trevor Miles

    Күн мурун

    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.

  24. 1337


    Күн мурун

    i almost had a heart attack for just watching it

  25. L Alexander

    L Alexander

    Күн мурун

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

  26. Funny Valentine

    Funny Valentine

    Күн мурун

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



    Күн мурун

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

  28. bwc1976


    Күн мурун

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

  29. LikeMyCommentsIfYouLoveMilad!!! #SubWay4Life!

    LikeMyCommentsIfYouLoveMilad!!! #SubWay4Life!

    Күн мурун

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

  30. SolidSith


    Күн мурун

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

    • SolidSith


      Күн мурун

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

  31. Killed_By_The_Architect -

    Killed_By_The_Architect -

    Күн мурун

    You couldn't pay me enough.

  32. Turbowat?


    Күн мурун

    My what a mighty big bird annihilator you have.

  33. macsloan58


    Күн мурун

    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...

  34. Iliketobealone


    Күн мурун

    Anyone else saw that warp at 3:15

    • Killed_By_The_Architect -

      Killed_By_The_Architect -

      Күн мурун

      Looked like a glitch in the Matrix.

  35. Pilot Peego

    Pilot Peego

    Күн мурун

    I would have a parachute as a backup.😂

    • Killed_By_The_Architect -

      Killed_By_The_Architect -

      Күн мурун

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

  36. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    Күн мурун

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

  37. Mr Neil

    Mr Neil

    Күн мурун

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

    • bocoy noiu

      bocoy noiu

      Күн мурун

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



    Күн мурун

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

  39. Carløs ;-;

    Carløs ;-;

    Күн мурун

    this video changed my life

  40. Cooking Parker

    Cooking Parker

    Күн мурун

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

  41. Smit Shilpatul

    Smit Shilpatul

    2 күн мурун

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

  42. S H N

    S H N

    2 күн мурун

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

  43. Marty Lynchian

    Marty Lynchian

    2 күн мурун

    More people die with these windmills then Nuclear power plant.

  44. Kermit The Frog

    Kermit The Frog

    2 күн мурун

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

  45. Ashen One

    Ashen One

    2 күн мурун

    you are one brave guy xDDD

  46. Ronny Ron

    Ronny Ron

    2 күн мурун

    Too much talkie

  47. Randy G

    Randy G

    2 күн мурун

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

  48. Sports Trader

    Sports Trader

    2 күн мурун

    Even on YT heights get to me.

  49. HellHound Actual

    HellHound Actual

    2 күн мурун

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

  50. yoobster


    2 күн мурун

    absolute mad lad!

  51. Andrew Storey

    Andrew Storey

    2 күн мурун

    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

  52. Dr S4T4N

    Dr S4T4N

    2 күн мурун

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

  53. Ethan Rowland

    Ethan Rowland

    2 күн мурун

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

  54. sol star

    sol star

    2 күн мурун

    That looks sssooooo cool !

    • bouytt guyt

      bouytt guyt

      2 күн мурун

      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.

  55. Nue Houjuu

    Nue Houjuu

    2 күн мурун

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

  56. Robert Pirlot

    Robert Pirlot

    2 күн мурун

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

  57. ITSclassic


    2 күн мурун

    how is this in my recommended

  58. Ernests Milass

    Ernests Milass

    2 күн мурун

    octopus energy sucks stop making classic electric cars your ruining it

  59. L-Trizzle-12


    2 күн мурун

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

  60. Edgar Renje

    Edgar Renje

    2 күн мурун

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

  61. Cross Category

    Cross Category

    2 күн мурун

    This kinda reminds me of indoor rock climbing

  62. Tech Gamer

    Tech Gamer

    3 күн мурун

    Cursed Bungee jump

  63. Michael Anderson

    Michael Anderson

    3 күн мурун

    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".

  64. Tesh Govindji

    Tesh Govindji

    3 күн мурун

    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.

  65. Liquid Sofa

    Liquid Sofa

    3 күн мурун

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

  66. Blu Scout

    Blu Scout

    3 күн мурун

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

  67. petmensan


    3 күн мурун

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

  68. Jacob Lee

    Jacob Lee

    3 күн мурун

    Tom Scott knows precisely the content his audience wants.

  69. Cramer White

    Cramer White

    3 күн мурун

    How is Tom 24 and 44 at the same time?

  70. Amelia Mae

    Amelia Mae

    3 күн мурун

    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.

  71. The Dominator

    The Dominator

    3 күн мурун

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

  72. ButterBall


    3 күн мурун

    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.

  73. Chez Man

    Chez Man

    3 күн мурун

    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.

  74. Tony Totten

    Tony Totten

    3 күн мурун


  75. Dixon Ticonderoga

    Dixon Ticonderoga

    3 күн мурун


  76. Ham Mo

    Ham Mo

    3 күн мурун

    Ugh health and safety is ridiculous

  77. The Grammar Police

    The Grammar Police

    3 күн мурун

    I went to Kentucky for Spring Break and I went repelling. Very similar feeling as to Tom. I had to keep telling myself to trust the process and that I was under the guidance of trained professionals. Started with the 50ft wall and finished with the 150ft wall. I was quite happy.

  78. Rambling Rob

    Rambling Rob

    3 күн мурун

    I got goose bumps just watching Tom

  79. Nostrodumbass


    3 күн мурун

    Nope. I don't even like going up an escalator.

  80. Paid Tourist

    Paid Tourist

    3 күн мурун


  81. Sidharth Sreeram

    Sidharth Sreeram

    3 күн мурун

    Why did I think that it was going to be a huge slide 🤣

  82. Karen Smith

    Karen Smith

    3 күн мурун

    Nope!!! XD

  83. Sphinx the Minx

    Sphinx the Minx

    3 күн мурун

    Switching it off to service it is cheating.

  84. Shaun Mcgowan

    Shaun Mcgowan

    4 күн мурун

    I've done some hard work and your body will act a little funny when you're doing that you get that skin tingling that heat flash going in your body wants to do weird things in your mind has to override it good show gentleman good show.

  85. AMStationEngineer


    4 күн мурун

    You should gain a "royal proclamation" making it clear that "From this day forward, it shall never be said that you, Sir Tom Scott, 'DOESN'T HAVE A "SET"!!" Fred Dibnah approved this message, and asks "Did you like that??"....

  86. Jānis Grīnvalds

    Jānis Grīnvalds

    4 күн мурун

    One word "Aerones"

  87. The Rolling Troll

    The Rolling Troll

    4 күн мурун

    Now that was a fun trip :D.

  88. SirHaugen


    4 күн мурун

    You owe me a new keyboard. My hands were sweating and shorted the keyboard ..

  89. Paul Revere1776

    Paul Revere1776

    4 күн мурун

    Very cool Tom. The flat Earth view was amazing!

  90. Izzy Ramos-Gunn

    Izzy Ramos-Gunn

    4 күн мурун

    How do you have two attachment points if it's only 1 cable?

    • chibani


      2 күн мурун

      What if one cable break? ... The second will save you. Redundancy my friend saves lives

  91. Gawr Gura is the only one i shrimp for

    Gawr Gura is the only one i shrimp for

    4 күн мурун

    Damn the cameraman do be in creative mode

  92. NightOwl


    4 күн мурун

    props to tom for being able to narrate whilst descending. i can't even imagine having to do several takes of that. 😂

  93. Ascertivus


    4 күн мурун

    I think the interior of the structure, especially the column upon which the turbine sits, is quite fascinating!

  94. GAMED 21

    GAMED 21

    4 күн мурун

    when u are way too much inspired by call of duty warzone

  95. over 9061

    over 9061

    4 күн мурун

    i would be so scared

  96. Evan Snyder

    Evan Snyder

    4 күн мурун

    I hold a class 1 Medical License for aviation. I wonder how different mine are to theirs.

  97. TheMeow_YT


    4 күн мурун

    You can go in them?

  98. stevespyder


    4 күн мурун

    I would be rappelling down, much quicker. should try climbing northern Ontario fire towers. some up to 400' high, with ladders exposed to the environment. fun on a windy day...

  99. Hanna Maria

    Hanna Maria

    4 күн мурун

    can i- please do this?

  100. Teut Hamer

    Teut Hamer

    4 күн мурун

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