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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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

    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...!)

    • Victor Graf
      Victor Graf


    • Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!
      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      Yes but being 50 meters up is far more scary than 6 foot up!

    • Paf

      @AcogR6 what did kings of kings say

    • Dean Angelo
      Dean Angelo

      @Kalel Alex Yea, been using Flixzone for months myself =)

    • Kalel Alex
      Kalel Alex

      A tip: watch movies at Flixzone. Me and my gf have been using them for watching lots of of movies during the lockdown.

  • Woodape

    why i hate wind turbines..they cannot replace oil and gas as a power source because they do not generate enough power....they are massive machines that require a ton of fossil fuel just to manufacture, install, and maintain. They fill the landscape and when they e are are turning they have a huge effect on birds. ITS BEYOND STUPID TO THINK THAT WIND POWER IS THE ANSWER

  • Unkwn User
    Unkwn User

    Imagine having to jump from there like that pic of those workers stuck on a wind turbine on fire.

  • Listen

    Now I want to see the guy who was filming the descent

  • Tania Thorn
    Tania Thorn

    The 21st Century John Noakes?;)

  • S10rm Trooper
    S10rm Trooper

    So how long did it take to get down that way vs other way?

  • poetcomic1

    These monstrosities have to be manufactured and hauled by huge trucks into place and after about ten years they fail and must be hauled away again and the net savings on CO2 are probably NEGATIVE and on top of that they kill birds by the millions and turn the great open plains into Robot Land.

  • Nesy

    *Yeets me out of the emergency exit.*

  • Richard E
    Richard E

    you need to have a lot of faith in the coworkers who are lowering you down! a bungee would be more fun!

  • Mike JW
    Mike JW

    Speak English

  • timothy bax
    timothy bax

    Gotta love the flat view.

  • gotnoshoes99

    Now do it in the dark during an ice storm with 60 kmph wind.

  • Bigyeti Technologies
    Bigyeti Technologies

    Meanwhile Fred Dibnah would have gone up the outide with his own ladders and no ropes and only a flatcap and a packet of woodbines for protection

  • Logan does stuff
    Logan does stuff

    Can’t stop watching

  • Swe3ets

    i would want a parachute

  • Mandula Abogada
    Mandula Abogada

    One thing for sure turbines will never leave a carbon footprint.

  • TheBlacktom

    All I could think about is don't touch the harness, don't touch the harness, don't touch the harness, don't touch the harness, don't touch the harness, don't touch the harness, DON'T TOUCH THE HARNESS!!!

  • Roderick Cronin
    Roderick Cronin

    Climbing a ladder straight up with no tea shop on the way, definitely for the fittest of us.

  • french croissant
    french croissant

    i love the google eyes

  • King Croc
    King Croc

    i can barely stand watching this i keep getting that heights feeling and its starting to bother me bye

  • Brian Reinhardt
    Brian Reinhardt

    Emergency: a broken ankle EMERGENCY: a broken tower

  • MoneyMuffin

    just use a water elevator

  • Bxndslol

    My anxiety rised so much at 4:28 😂😂😂

  • ninepuchar1

    Turbine height is the height of COLOSSAL TITAN😶

  • neenmach


  • Gallardo6669

    There are indeed many many dangerous situations in this industry. And never climb on a ladder with a other guy unless it has to be that way AND there is closed hatch between the two. Never unhook someone else if you don't really have to ( for several reasons).

  • goalie2998

    Assuming someone is incapacitated enough to require being lowered, the placement of the emergency exit, being up a ladder seems impractical. I will never have to worry about that. As I wouldnt go up one of these if there was a bag of cash at the top.

  • Shane Flett
    Shane Flett

    welcome to the sweaty hand club, come in, we got drinks

  • HappyCrying Cat
    HappyCrying Cat

    I hate when he's at the top you can see the entire thing move

  • Dancing cow
    Dancing cow


  • The Kilted Veteran
    The Kilted Veteran

    Very similar rigging we do on my search and rescue team

  • Cassie

    Ah yes, the Fight, flight, or "I've got two wires on me" response.

  • Squeeky Clean
    Squeeky Clean

    I got nervous just watching you lean at the top of the turbine. Great video!

    • Cassie


  • youssef le gamer
    youssef le gamer

    Next brave vid pls sleep in a wind turbine

  • Erin Meow
    Erin Meow

    We have these beauties in Albany on the southern tip of Western Australia. They're phenomenal!

  • JWP

    Tom "Two Wires" Scott

  • Yezpahr

    Anybody else's legs went numb when: 4:25

  • Joerg Sonnenberger
    Joerg Sonnenberger

    When I was in highschool 20 years ago, we visited a wind turbine as part a science project. It wasn't as high as this one, but the view from the top was just as brilliant :)

  • William Napier
    William Napier

    Watching him step off was the most nervewracking thing for someone with a fear of heights

  • Lina Machado
    Lina Machado

    I wonder how long it took for people to notice the googly eyes on Tom's hard hat. 🤔

  • Mohamed Mubarak
    Mohamed Mubarak

    I've got two wires on me. I've got two wires on me 😂😂😂. Convincing himself 🤣

  • SirWrender

    "I've got two wires on me I've got two wires on me I've got two wires on me" hahahahaha love it

  • Frankie Chileman
    Frankie Chileman

    No thanks I'm fine right here.. 😜

  • DarkShadowsX5

    "this will attach to your sternum" that doesn't sound safe and quite painful. anyone up for having their sternum ripped out of their chest? if he's talking about something else it desperately needs a new name.

  • DAGATHire

    ok where do i signup for that job!

  • KraliMishev

    I wish I had the chill energy this dude Ben has.

  • B

    Those googly eyes on his helmet

  • Prfctdrk

    Blue shirt EWT guy sounds very much like the Icelandic accent

  • FD B
    FD B


  • John B
    John B

    The center of the turbine looks like the inside of a space station.

  • Public Public
    Public Public

    You made the same kind of noises I'd make IF I were doing that.

  • Lim1t3d l
    Lim1t3d l

    Anybody know who asked?

  • David Tiotic Renkl
    David Tiotic Renkl

    I always thought there were stairs inside :( I'm so disappointed

  • Josua Bayoca
    Josua Bayoca

    I thought they use parachute 😞

  • Thomas

    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.

  • T.P.G Gaming
    T.P.G Gaming

    I'm not sure if you guys could tell, But tom had 2 wires on him

  • Steelflex

    BIG BALLS!! 👌🏼

  • carlowens10

    Welldone geeza i bet that took your brain some convincing to lean back there haha

  • fouoii gyhh
    fouoii gyhh

    i love the dude being interviewed, absolute legend

  • 税金で飯を食うとうまいな

    こんなもん 30年ももたんだろ

    • fouoii gyhh
      fouoii gyhh

      this just activated my claustrophobia

  • Kelly Carr
    Kelly Carr

    Blooper- Turbine comes on , cables get caught and Tom goes for a ride in giant circles . BlllOOOoooOOOoooDDDyyy HHHEeeeEEEeeeEEEeeeLLL!

  • the.raven

    this gives me anxiety

  • Danny Cortez
    Danny Cortez

    Yea, only if it were that easy!

  • OneCupOfCoffee204

    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?

  • OneCupOfCoffee204

    How much does it cost to change blades?

  • OneCupOfCoffee204

    How long does it take for these wind turbines to become profitable?

  • Jesse Toner
    Jesse Toner

    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!


    This definitely has radiation right ?

  • Rhodesia

    this is one of Tom's coolest videos

  • baylinkdashyt

    3:47 Ok... that's as much of this as I can watch. :-}

  • Luke Sites
    Luke Sites

    Hey I do this every day rn haha. Our turbines are 280 feet tall tho

  • Bluedberry

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

  • David Schaefer
    David Schaefer

    There be googly eyes on his helmet

  • Polat Alemdar
    Polat Alemdar

    I got stressed out watching this video

  • Snorefest

    this just activated my claustrophobia

  • razerbaz

    The fire service would climb this.

  • PreEnabled

    My hands and feet started sweating watching his descent.

  • KroneYT

    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!

  • Alex Harris
    Alex Harris

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

  • Opacity

    when you started going off the edge i got so much anxiety

  • Ninja Nerd Student #69
    Ninja Nerd Student #69

    That emergency exit is safer than fire escape ladders.

  • Robert Craig
    Robert Craig

    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 Day
    Robert Day

    Great when the wind blows 🤣 we'll have to sit in the dark when it doesn't 🙄

  • Chocolate Beans
    Chocolate Beans

    this video reminds me of that one photo of 2 engineers hugging eachother on a burning turbine and now am sad :(

  • popperbits

    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!

  • Wearisome Nomad
    Wearisome Nomad

    Why is your selfie pole edited out of the video as you descend?

  • sirchicken food
    sirchicken food

    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.

  • TheSackese

    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.

  • Vex2K4

    Pov this channel was in your recommended

  • Meu Canto Games
    Meu Canto Games

    Love that green exit signal in the wall, very funny!

  • Zach P
    Zach P

    The most mind blowing thing here is that invisible selfie stick.

  • d1ckyj0nes

    Can't help but think of that video with the two repairmen stuck on the burning turbine

  • Hexus Mexus
    Hexus Mexus

    You remember those two guys who burnt to death one jumped on the windmill

  • mikin lirou
    mikin lirou

    by then.


    The 360 camera was a great tool for this video amazing

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      mikin lirou

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  • ABAlphaBeta

    Me with vertigo: wow nice

  • Ismalith

    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.

  • aspire

    Cameraman: I am light years ahead

  • Walter Walterson
    Walter Walterson

    i really wanna rappel down that

  • George Gildenhuys
    George Gildenhuys

    No. That’s scary AF!

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