Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine
Tom Scott
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...!)

    • Carløs ;-;
      Carløs ;-;

      this video changed my life

    • Zzzz Zzzz
      Zzzz Zzzz

      thank you sponsor eagle

    • Paf

      @Teut Hamer what

    • Teut Hamer
      Teut Hamer

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

    • Victor Graf
      Victor Graf


  • Trevor Miles
    Trevor Miles

    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.

  • 1337

    i almost had a heart attack for just watching it

  • L Alexander
    L Alexander

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

  • Funny Valentine
    Funny Valentine

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


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

  • bwc1976

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

  • LikeMyCommentsIfYouLoveMilad!!! #SubWay4Life!
    LikeMyCommentsIfYouLoveMilad!!! #SubWay4Life!

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

  • SolidSith

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

    • SolidSith

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

  • Killed_By_The_Architect -
    Killed_By_The_Architect -

    You couldn't pay me enough.

  • Turbowat?

    My what a mighty big bird annihilator you have.

  • macsloan58

    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...

  • Iliketobealone

    Anyone else saw that warp at 3:15

    • Killed_By_The_Architect -
      Killed_By_The_Architect -

      Looked like a glitch in the Matrix.

  • Pilot Peego
    Pilot Peego

    I would have a parachute as a backup.😂

    • Killed_By_The_Architect -
      Killed_By_The_Architect -

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

  • bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiu

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

  • Mr Neil
    Mr Neil

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

    • bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu

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


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

  • Carløs ;-;
    Carløs ;-;

    this video changed my life

  • Cooking Parker
    Cooking Parker

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

  • Smit Shilpatul
    Smit Shilpatul

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

  • S H N
    S H N

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

  • Marty Lynchian
    Marty Lynchian

    More people die with these windmills then Nuclear power plant.

  • Kermit The Frog
    Kermit The Frog

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

  • Ashen One
    Ashen One

    you are one brave guy xDDD

  • Ronny Ron
    Ronny Ron

    Too much talkie

  • Randy G
    Randy G

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

  • Sports Trader
    Sports Trader

    Even on YT heights get to me.

  • HellHound Actual
    HellHound Actual

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

  • yoobster

    absolute mad lad!

  • Andrew Storey
    Andrew Storey

    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

  • Dr S4T4N
    Dr S4T4N

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

  • Ethan Rowland
    Ethan Rowland

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

  • sol star
    sol star

    That looks sssooooo cool !

    • bouytt guyt
      bouytt guyt

      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.

  • Nue Houjuu
    Nue Houjuu

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

  • Robert Pirlot
    Robert Pirlot

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

  • ITSclassic

    how is this in my recommended

  • Ernests Milass
    Ernests Milass

    octopus energy sucks stop making classic electric cars your ruining it

  • L-Trizzle-12

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

  • Edgar Renje
    Edgar Renje

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

  • Cross Category
    Cross Category

    This kinda reminds me of indoor rock climbing

  • Tech Gamer
    Tech Gamer

    Cursed Bungee jump

  • Michael Anderson
    Michael Anderson

    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".

  • Tesh Govindji
    Tesh Govindji

    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.

  • Liquid Sofa
    Liquid Sofa

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

  • Blu Scout
    Blu Scout

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

  • petmensan

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

  • Jacob Lee
    Jacob Lee

    Tom Scott knows precisely the content his audience wants.

  • Cramer White
    Cramer White

    How is Tom 24 and 44 at the same time?

  • Amelia Mae
    Amelia Mae

    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.

  • The Dominator
    The Dominator

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

  • ButterBall

    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.

  • Chez Man
    Chez Man

    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.

  • Tony Totten
    Tony Totten


  • Dixon Ticonderoga
    Dixon Ticonderoga


  • Ham Mo
    Ham Mo

    Ugh health and safety is ridiculous

  • The Grammar Police
    The Grammar Police

    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.

  • Rambling Rob
    Rambling Rob

    I got goose bumps just watching Tom

  • Nostrodumbass

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

  • Paid Tourist
    Paid Tourist


  • Sidharth Sreeram
    Sidharth Sreeram

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

  • Karen Smith
    Karen Smith

    Nope!!! XD

  • Sphinx the Minx
    Sphinx the Minx

    Switching it off to service it is cheating.

  • Shaun Mcgowan
    Shaun Mcgowan

    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.

  • AMStationEngineer

    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??"....

  • Jānis Grīnvalds
    Jānis Grīnvalds

    One word "Aerones"

  • The Rolling Troll
    The Rolling Troll

    Now that was a fun trip :D.

  • SirHaugen

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

  • Paul Revere1776
    Paul Revere1776

    Very cool Tom. The flat Earth view was amazing!

  • Izzy Ramos-Gunn
    Izzy Ramos-Gunn

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

    • chibani

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

  • Gawr Gura is the only one i shrimp for
    Gawr Gura is the only one i shrimp for

    Damn the cameraman do be in creative mode

  • NightOwl

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

  • Ascertivus

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

  • GAMED 21
    GAMED 21

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

  • over 9061
    over 9061

    i would be so scared

  • Evan Snyder
    Evan Snyder

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

  • TheMeow_YT

    You can go in them?

  • stevespyder

    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...

  • Hanna Maria
    Hanna Maria

    can i- please do this?

  • Teut Hamer
    Teut Hamer

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

  • Polywant Acracker
    Polywant Acracker

    I'm a big fan of this video

  • Bbomb

    wow, that was some advanced green screen.

  • Shx & Mix
    Shx & Mix

    Who’s watching this after the pandemic? 😷

  • Borat Sagdiyev
    Borat Sagdiyev

    Would be better to have a spiral slide to take you back down

  • ACoustaDC

    I would be out.... passed out as soon as I got to the top.

  • Broda Yoda
    Broda Yoda


  • gary busey experience
    gary busey experience

    I climb towers. Real ones. Good job not freezing up

  • Melvin Muddfuckle
    Melvin Muddfuckle

    Nucking Futs to that goofy way down!

    • hen ko
      hen ko

      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

  • Pointy Morper
    Pointy Morper

    What a thrill...

  • Ralph Malph
    Ralph Malph

    Neoliberal jackass propaganda

  • Bob Marley
    Bob Marley

    You have balls of steel to do a "trust fall" at that height. just wow

  • kirk Shotton
    kirk Shotton

    "I've got two wires on me,I've got 2 wires on me":)

  • 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