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Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine

  • Published on May 2, 2021 veröffentlicht
  • 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/
    I'm at tomscott.com
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Comments • 5 630

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  2 years ago +25116

    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...!)

    • BlueMarvel
      BlueMarvel 2 years ago +146

      This was pinned 2 days ago tf

    • Exakter
      Exakter 2 years ago +507

      @BlueMarvel yea do you not know how yt works?

    • Karl Johan
      Karl Johan 2 years ago +9


    • Skeptikalz
      Skeptikalz 2 years ago +7

      hi tom

  • Daniel Fernandez
    Daniel Fernandez 2 years ago +31053

    To this day Tom is still whispering to himself “I’ve got two wires”

  • Brock Obama
    Brock Obama 2 years ago +3585

    Tom Scott knows precisely the content his audience wants.

  • cody196
    cody196 Year ago +2513

    shout out that turbine worker who was an absolute DUDE the whole time, made me want to work on turbines

    • Fizz
      Fizz Year ago +18

      It pays well

    • Jenit
      Jenit Year ago +39

      Replace DUDE with CHAD

    • Patrick Reilly
      Patrick Reilly Year ago +38

      I work on them and most of the people are like that guy, it's the chillest job

    • Saed Noor
      Saed Noor Year ago +4

      @Patrick Reilly do they pay you good

    • kankerjong
      kankerjong Year ago +37

      @Saed Noor wind turbine workers are notoriously well paid. it's an extremely fast growing and lucrative business. you'll make a mint if you work in it

  • Jacob R
    Jacob R Year ago +743

    One thing I really appreciate about you, Tom, is that you get to the point. You don’t add loads of nonsense or uninteresting fluff to your videos just to get them to the 10 minute mark. You actually value quality over quantity.

    • HookerHeels
      HookerHeels Year ago +6

      Right? One of his most interesting videos imo, is not even 3 minutes long.

    • PacificOcean
      PacificOcean Year ago +1

      I thought the 10 minute rule for video monetization was removed a long time ago, I could be wrong though.

    • Flaccid Ego
      Flaccid Ego Year ago

      Yep. Checked out his over videos & I'm subscribed. So glad I cut my cable teevee years ago. What a waste of idiotic programming from these stiff, old & clueless teevee executives. In a few more decades, cable teevee will go the way of the teevee antenna.
      When the "teevee generation" of tens of millions of mindless soap opera, sit com, "tv drama", & "hollywood award" ceremony watching boomers eventually bites the dust, cable will become like the antenna & unlike the antenna which costs little to produce, the cable companies will collapse & bite the dust as well!

    • Ritesh Singh
      Ritesh Singh 8 months ago

      @PacificOcean na its still active

    • veryslyfox
      veryslyfox 8 months ago

      Most Americans couldn't do this job. They wouldn't even fit up that ladder.

  • SirWrender
    SirWrender 2 years ago +7056

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

    • Tsar Bomba
      Tsar Bomba 2 years ago +14

      Whats so funny

    • Tom Sen
      Tom Sen 2 years ago +411

      @Tsar Bomba him trying to be rational in the moment while every cell of his body probably screamed "DONT DO THAT" totally relatable to me :D

    • Josh Sharp
      Josh Sharp 2 years ago +26

      Hi wren

    • pomonabill220
      pomonabill220 2 years ago +112

      *SNAP* I've got one wire on me... I've got one wire on me....

    • ZaHecc
      ZaHecc 2 years ago +132

      He'd be a terrible undercover cop

  • sixstanger00
    sixstanger00 Year ago +474

    Worker: "I think I've twisted my ankle! I can't get down!"
    Emergency Services: "Better use the emergency exit, then."
    Worker: "Actually, my ankle isn't too bad. In fact, the pain is gone already. Hey, who's up for a game of football when I get down?"

  • A St
    A St Year ago +399

    Leaning back on that two rope system 50 meters in the air is probably one of the hardest things to watch, can’t imagine how you did that in person.

    • Gogeta70
      Gogeta70 11 months ago +21

      I've actually done that. Not from a wind turbine, but in basic training back when I joined the U.S. Army. You have to learn how to rappel down a 40ft wall. It's scary stuff if you've never done anything like that before.

    • Justin McGough
      Justin McGough 10 months ago +7

      @Gogeta70 I remember seeing a video of soldiers training and they showed that part and how one of those trainees froze up. Deffenite hard step to get into the mindset of trusting the equipment to get you down safely.

    • Rafael Santos
      Rafael Santos 10 months ago +26

      when I did waterfall rappelling it was the same thing. Even worse because you have all the powerful water coming on your side and to walk down you have to do your steps on slippery wet rocks. I froze and couldn't move at some point and somehow I found a hole behind the waterfall where I went inside sat down and chill for a bit, hoping the guys would understand to come and rescue as i wasn't going anywhere. Then I remembered this was a jungle and there could be snakes on that hole. I left the hole and descent faster than the water itself 😂

    • RAAHUL
      RAAHUL 10 months ago +3

      @Rafael Santos damn

    • veryslyfox
      veryslyfox 8 months ago +1

      I once did ziplining 50 feet above the ground, in the mountains. The line moved very slowly because the people ahead would freeze up when it was their turn. The workers had to convince them to go, or get off the ramp. Workers weren't allowed to push them (I wish they were allowed to). It was mainly women who were the cowardly slowpokes. Next time, don't go ziplining if there are many women ahead of you... it'll take forever

  • Andrei Yang
    Andrei Yang Year ago +185

    Tom is officially an adrenaline junkie, if the last 30 times didn't prove it.

  • Gabriela Olivares
    Gabriela Olivares Year ago +40

    What I always love about toms videos about different fields is that the people in them always seem so genuine and happy with their jobs and overall just so eager to talk about it and help Tom understand it better

    • lambdaman
      lambdaman Year ago +3

      If you're a company trying to get some low-cost PR by inviting Clip-Share personalities to visit your facilities, will you send a happy and eager person or a sad and uninterested person to talk with them?

  • CommanderCanuck
    CommanderCanuck 2 years ago +377

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

    • Runstar Homer
      Runstar Homer 2 years ago +40

      I nearly had a panic attack just watching

    • CommanderCanuck
      CommanderCanuck 2 years ago +2

      @Runstar Homer haahahahha

    • tracypilot2002
      tracypilot2002 Year ago +3

      If you already were an acrophobic then you still would be after this experience!

    • SovietOnion
      SovietOnion Year ago +1

      I couldn’t describe the fear I’d have going _up!_

    • Tanya S.
      Tanya S. Year ago

      Someone would have to save me from the parking lot.

  • luke hewings
    luke hewings Year ago +60

    When they say the emergency services won't climb a wind turbine, that isn't completely true. In most cases because of these systems we don't need to. However in the event it is needed we have specialised teams, the Hazardous Area Response Team, who are trained in accessing these kinds of areas and rescuing patients from similar awkward locations.

  • dan gehret
    dan gehret 2 years ago +8810

    Tom Scott is going for the platinum trophy in the game of life. Every quest, every minigame, full map exploration.

  • Khy_
    Khy_ Year ago +226

    That's a hard pass from me. That one moment where Tom was panicking about trusting the ropes, that would've been me from the very beginning. Acrophobia ruins a lot of things. Even carnival rides give me intense vertigo.

    • Knaxel
      Knaxel Year ago +2

      make baby steps my friend you wont regret it, trust me

    • it’s blu
      it’s blu Year ago +8

      @Knaxel true! I was thinking about Tom’s descend and how nerve wracking it must be to go fully horizontal like that, but I thought about when I do indoor rock wall climbing, it’s nearly the same thing

    • K3v1n
      K3v1n Year ago +16

      am i the only one whos like; berlin television tower, tall roller coasters and flying in a plane? no problem. stading on a 3 steps ladder? nearly panicking

    • Brandon McNearney
      Brandon McNearney Year ago +2

      You aren't the only one going: Nope nope nope.... NOPE!

    • Lord Vasha
      Lord Vasha Year ago +14

      @K3v1n dawg I've been on a plane, ridden a lot of roller coasters and thrill rides and I absolutely refuse to climb ladders. They're Shakey and aren't nailed to the floor and just ugh.

  • Robert E.
    Robert E. Year ago +55

    and now imagine that this is actually a tiny turbine by modern standards, now they are easily 3 times as high

  • Adam Gaffney
    Adam Gaffney Year ago +26

    I gotta say my favourite thing about all these types of videos are finding out about the cool intelligent people doing a job so well you don't even need to know it exists. Like logically you know there must be people to repair turbines, but you don't think of all the extra technicalities involved and you don't need to thanks to these fantastic people on the ground doing the invisible jobs.

  • PixelThomas
    PixelThomas Year ago +138

    this idea reminded me of the two dutch men in Ooltgensplaat that were last seen hugging on a burning wind turbine. both didn't survive. one jumped and one burned to death.

    • BadWebDiver
      BadWebDiver Year ago +20

      I remember that. Very sad.

    • Wolf
      Wolf 10 months ago +4

      Same. The fire would have burned the ropes I assume.

    • rsplatpc
      rsplatpc 10 months ago +17

      @Wolf actually no, they use fireproof ropes literally for the Ooltgensplaat disaster

    • Wolf
      Wolf 10 months ago +3

      @rsplatpc nice! I'm glad to hear that. I wish they had them available. That whole disaster was heartbreaking.

    • Erwyn J
      Erwyn J 9 months ago +1

      ​@rsplatpc is fireproof rope not just steel cables like these? if it is in contact with flames enough for that to matter, how do you descend it?

  • Sir Mangler
    Sir Mangler Year ago +8

    Having done something very similar to drop down a wall the size of 3 floor building, I'm impressed by Tom's quick commitment to what is literally walking backwards off the edge of a tower. It's not easy, even when you're not afraid of heights!

  • Reedman07
    Reedman07 2 years ago +1238

    Tom's the only guy some random energy company's gonna ask "hey, wanna climb our wind turbine"

  • NightOwl
    NightOwl 2 years ago +39

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

    • Gogeta70
      Gogeta70 11 months ago +1

      If he was lucky, he only had to do one take :P

    • Udalix
      Udalix 8 months ago +1

      The fact he had to narrate over parts says he did it in one take...

  • Alex Harris
    Alex Harris 2 years ago +25

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

  • Jason Flay
    Jason Flay Year ago +6

    Tom, you are making the most of your life. You have a true adventurer's spirit. Thank you for taking us on your adventures. From the longest echo in the world, to a stone-turning witches cave, to the shortest ferry ride in the world, and everything else in between, thank you.

  • panzerkitsune
    panzerkitsune Year ago +11

    Im getting sweaty hands and elevated heartrate by just watching this video. good work on doing this, and also to the team that helped you.

  • halnwheels
    halnwheels Year ago +9

    Wow! This reminded me of when I was rock climbing with an expert who had to get me to "trust the rope". It is so counter-intuitive to the way my brain is wired, which is to hold on for dear life and not let go! We used a second person called a Belayer while these guys use the automatic device that allows ascent while locking up if there is a fall. I found this very informative and fascinating.

    • Kaitlyn L
      Kaitlyn L 11 months ago

      This reminded me of rock climbing as a kid too :)

  • Boeing 380
    Boeing 380 2 years ago +3064

    Honestly, Tom’s video ideas are getting more and more niche, yet still getting more and more fascinating

    • ZheToralf
      ZheToralf 2 years ago +116

      probably generated by an AI

    • Rita 25 y.o   - check my vidéó
      Rita 25 y.o - check my vidéó 2 years ago +2

      From the

    • Rita 25 y.o   - check my vidéó
      Rita 25 y.o - check my vidéó 2 years ago

      From the

    • Namae
      Namae 2 years ago +34

      The more niche, the more interesting, because they get to be more specific videos. Tom gets to take twice as deep a dive in the normal timeframe into a topic that gets more fascinating the deeper you dive.

    • Kilian Ortmann
      Kilian Ortmann 2 years ago +22

      I think that's the trick. Tom has the passion to make almost everything interesting, why waste it on some mainstream topic, that has been covered multiple times already.

  • Gregory F
    Gregory F Year ago +3

    Love it! The training and professionalism of EWT fully evident - great job to those guys!

  • Sam Schellhase
    Sam Schellhase Year ago +61

    That fall arrest system when you’re climbing up it sounds similar to auto-belay systems in indoor rock climbing

    • BassGang
      BassGang Year ago +1

      That’s what I thought too

    • ? the Platypus
      ? the Platypus Year ago +2

      Lots of people who do work at hight jobs are also into climbing.

  • Paragliding Guys
    Paragliding Guys 10 months ago

    GREAT JOB TOM! You made it look easy going over the threshold like that! Leaning back into your harness toward certain death, and trusting gear only shown to you moments prior, takes immense strength! What a phenomenal video! 👍🏼

  • Andrew Jones
    Andrew Jones 2 years ago +1

    Hi Tom, the answer to your question of "would emergency services climb the turbine" is probably YES. each ambulance service has a team called "HART" which stands for "Hazardous Area Response Team". They are trained for a variety of different scenarios, including rescue from water, enclosed spaces, and (in this situation) working at height. to confirm this, it may be worth putting in a FOI request to the various trusts to verify

  • Carmen Padilla
    Carmen Padilla 9 months ago

    I'm so terrified of heights !! Just watching him go down had my heart beating so fast.
    For those that do maintenance on air turbines, I give it to you all, that takes guts and bravery.

  • IgorRyltsev
    IgorRyltsev Year ago +8132

    If you didn't have a heart attack, use the emergency exit to get one.

  • rootabeta
    rootabeta 10 months ago +1

    imagine if a breeze picks up while you're descending and you start to swing back and forth

  • Daxy
    Daxy 9 months ago

    Shoutout to the cameraman to be capable of filming without any ropes attached to him

  • Princess Polly
    Princess Polly 11 months ago +1

    They built a bunch of wind farms around my city, now it is so much more windy here. It was already windy, no idea why they thought we needed a bunch of huge fans!

  • RantKid
    RantKid 2 years ago +1

    Once again living vicariously through Tom Scott

  • John Pringle
    John Pringle Year ago +2

    wow, you're brave, I couldn't even imagine myself climbing up 10 metres from the ground

  • CK 5
    CK 5 2 years ago +3593

    Tom is taking us on a tour of literally everything there is in every country

  • Mothman
    Mothman Year ago +1

    As a wind tech, huge props for getting the audio that clear inside the tower despite the reverb. I can barely understand what the guy next to me is saying half the time in person.

  • Dan Ondler
    Dan Ondler 10 months ago

    You don't see that everyday! Amazing. Thanks Tom and the crew. I've drove by turbines often and wonder what it's like in there.

  • 712NINJA
    712NINJA Month ago

    That pop out of the exit was fascinating apart from the sharp pain in my legs from my fear of heights

  • Ascertivus
    Ascertivus 2 years ago +3

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

    • Patrick Reilly
      Patrick Reilly Year ago +1

      The echo inside the tower sections is awesome, I usually climb with a Bluetooth speaker going and it makes the music sound awesome

  • KR Smith
    KR Smith 10 months ago +1

    Right at 3:43 is where I would have started shaking uncontrollably and regretting every life choice I made to reach that point

  • BrntToaster
    BrntToaster 2 years ago +3252

    Fun fact: Tom Scott has never taken the ladder down a wind turbine.

    • Observer
      Observer 2 years ago +92

      Now my favorite random fun fact.

    • ituku g
      ituku g 2 years ago +39

      Neither have i

    • fongus
      fongus 2 years ago +74

      he’s taken the ladder up once, but never down.

    • Kyss
      Kyss 2 years ago +6

      Neither have i

    • Chris
      Chris 2 years ago +89

      When you're a skydiver you often think to yourself how few airplanes you have actually landed with but how many you've actually taken off with.

  • Euphoric Eugene
    Euphoric Eugene 2 years ago +1

    i am proud of you Tom! I know you are afraid of heights

  • SpydersByte
    SpydersByte 2 years ago +2

    this was really cool to see and you've got some balls for doing it but I also wouldve liked to see how the guys repair the blades!

  • Makayla Thrasher
    Makayla Thrasher Year ago +2

    This has been years ago now, but husbands cousin fell off of one of these things and that story just made these that much more terrifying to me.

  • Krow
    Krow 2 years ago +1

    When imagining working on turbines it was always scary for me because you know giant pole with giant blades. To see its so safe is reassuring.

  • Bryan Kerbow
    Bryan Kerbow 3 days ago

    My anxiety level when he started stepping out on the hub to descend was at about 1000%

  • Mateo Gg
    Mateo Gg 2 years ago +1655

    "It will break."
    Wait...that's bad.
    "It's a braking system."
    Oh, that's good.

    • Alex
      Alex 2 years ago +109

      “The braking system will break”
      “That’s bad.”

    • Trichotillomaniac
      Trichotillomaniac 2 years ago +28

      @Alex But it comes with a frozen yogurt, I call frogurt

    • CruxCapacitor
      CruxCapacitor 2 years ago +12

      Breaking Bad?

    • nitehawk86
      nitehawk86 2 years ago +8

      But the braking system is cursed.
      Oh, that's bad.

  • Ponk
    Ponk 2 years ago

    as always i feel like im a bit more informed after every one of your videos! thanks for following the facts so we dont have to!

  • The Grammar Police
    The Grammar Police 2 years ago

    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.

  • Andy Stevens
    Andy Stevens Year ago +2

    I remember doing that from a training tower when I worked for (defunct) Clipper Windpower. The one you used is sloooooooww compared to what I used, though I am sure the safety technology has improved greatly from 2008.

  • KraliMishev
    KraliMishev 2 years ago +1

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

  • Frankie2012channel
    Frankie2012channel 10 months ago +1

    Tom Scott is an absolute CHAD! Bravo. I didn't know just how fearless Tom was. Now I know!

  • Eric McAlexander
    Eric McAlexander 2 years ago +1942

    “I’ve got two wires on me” is the politest way Tom could keep himself from soiling his trousers lmao

    • Visibletoallusers123
      Visibletoallusers123 2 years ago +15

      Can’t get demonetised now

    • Exynth1a
      Exynth1a 2 years ago +10

      soiling his trousers lmao

    • DarthTofu2
      DarthTofu2 2 years ago +9

      I've rappelled once or twice, and it truly is nerve wracking. I had to go down maybe a 3 meter wall-- nothing big enough that I'd die if I hit the ground, but certainly it would hurt-- and my brain wouldn't stop telling me about how it was going to end. It's so darned difficult to put your faith in someone and something other than yourself

    • Karma Outlaw
      Karma Outlaw 2 years ago

      They didn’t show the soiled trou...

    • TheNewTimeNetwork
      TheNewTimeNetwork 2 years ago +2

      @DarthTofu2 My old high school's gym has a climbing wall with top rope, probably about 7-8 meters and we actually used that in PE. We paired up and took turns climbing and belaying. We also made a trip to an indoor climbing center with taller walls. Retroactively, I'm a bit baffled how casually we were putting our lives literally in each other's hands, but I'm also positively reminded how responsible everyone was behaving.

  • Zip Zagger
    Zip Zagger 10 months ago

    Good to see safety has improved. Some years ago I read how there was fire and two guys caught at the top were forced to jump to their deaths to escape the heat. Sad.

  • 56independent
    56independent Year ago +4

    The inside of the turbine looks very clean and nice. I do wish the outside had little sticks/bars you could hold onto, so you had a way of not getting a heart attack abseiling.

  • Tim Cantrell
    Tim Cantrell Year ago

    That Demonstration is so Totally Right On!
    Thank you and my Grandchildren thank you as well ❤️

    JAWNDOE Year ago +6

    I love how 'I have two wires' just becomes your calming-mantra immediately hahah

  • todomo
    todomo 7 months ago +1

    i really love that there are exit signs within the climbing tube

  • Angus Robertson
    Angus Robertson 2 years ago +1740

    Tom: I've got two wires on me.
    Tom's brain: No, you're on your feet. If you lean back you'll fall.
    Tom: I've got two wires on me.
    Tom's brain: Don't let go you're gonna die!
    Tom: I've got two wires on me.
    Tom's brain: Oh I get it, we're good.

    • Trevor Cole
      Trevor Cole 2 years ago +3


    • CED99
      CED99 2 years ago +42

      If you've never been abseiling that initial lean back and trust your legs/the rope is definitely the most scary part

    • random Japsi
      random Japsi 2 years ago +20

      Ķévïņ Bŕëēmànşhow about no

    • Flammen
      Flammen 2 years ago

      I'M A STICK!

  • Hunt, Forage, Grow

    I remember my middle school had a short rock climbing unit for gym. It was all completely voluntary, you didn't get graded or extra credit if you did it. They brought in an "expert", just a good friend of the teacher. On the last day we practiced rapelling off our school bleachers. They were just over 15' high. I will never forget how nerve-wracking it was to step off the edge backwards and that was only 15' I can only imagine how terrifying it is at 50 meters

  • Gautham Ram
    Gautham Ram 2 years ago +6

    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 Ram
      Gautham Ram 2 years ago +3

      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 :)

  • RangerDaddy15
    RangerDaddy15 Year ago

    as a person that is afraid of heights this watching them point the camera down the ladder gives me goosebumps

  • Critical Event
    Critical Event 2 years ago

    I used to climb radio towers for a living but I had the opportunity to climb one of the bigger turbines once, the feeling of being outside on that wet curved surface at the top was way more unnerving than hanging off any piece of angle iron I've hung from my finger tips on.

  • Nayim Kay
    Nayim Kay 8 months ago

    Ok Tom, it's amazing you've had these opportunities that most of us will never have a chance of experiencing. But I can safely say, this is not one of those experiences which I want to try.

  • Wayne Harden
    Wayne Harden 2 years ago +676

    The eternal conflict between "That took a decade off my life just watching it" and "I would plonk down serious money to be allowed to do that"

    • TheAkashicTraveller
      TheAkashicTraveller 2 years ago +21

      While doing it off of a wind turbine specifically is probably not goint to happen there are loads of places you can go absailing.

    • Zander Allison
      Zander Allison 2 years ago +1

      This feels a bit like a recruiting video for the job - go get paid to do it!

  • MothproofKT
    MothproofKT 2 years ago +1

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

  • HappyTanks KCMO
    HappyTanks KCMO 10 months ago

    I just built a mock up of one of these units in a classroom for Pinnacle Career Institute in Kansas City Missouri. It is specifically to teach the rescue procedures and climbing the correct way with all thier rigging. I am super proud to help and be a part of this. Thanks for the pov perspective as I have not been lucky enough to get up inside one yet ! Hahahha.. Awesome...

  • Truth Liberates
    Truth Liberates Year ago

    Thanks for binding smile and safety together. Well done 👏🏻

  • Charlie Fox
    Charlie Fox 8 months ago

    Definitely something they can charge me for the opportunity to do. I still remember climbing the inside of very large containment facility outside of Ballston Spa NY. That was much less safe as we had no safety gear and zero authority to be there. But the feeling and the view was amazing.

  • GalaxyPanda7
    GalaxyPanda7 2 years ago +1231

    Someone really needs to make a compilation of Tom saying "I got an email...[something probably very crazy]"

    • adamsbja
      adamsbja 2 years ago +82

      It's a good opener. Ties the fantastic to the everyday, and also suggests to other people with neat stuff that they can just reach out.

    • Cygerion
      Cygerion 2 years ago +25

      @adamsbja yep, also works as a way to show the video wasn't sponsored

    • Albert Jackinson
      Albert Jackinson 2 years ago +1


    • SorcererXIII
      SorcererXIII 2 years ago +2

      It's also rare for him, to GET emails-

    • Svvicu
      Svvicu 2 years ago +7

      Reminds me of top gear and Clarkson's "I went on the Internet and found this"

  • Ismalith
    Ismalith 2 years ago +1

    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.

  • Sasszem
    Sasszem 9 months ago

    As someone who's really afraid of heights, I think this is so cool!

  • pocdabeno1974
    pocdabeno1974 11 months ago

    I've been working in the wind industry for the past five years. I always say the hardest part of my job is the climb on my own power, other than that, it's an amazing job. I always have to remind myself when I'm out of breath climbing 80 and 100 meter towers, that I'm getting paid to do some cardio, while other people pay to get their cardio workout.

  • Eye5x5
    Eye5x5 10 months ago

    That space inside looks so claustrophobic yet so cozy at the same time.

  • Azraelle
    Azraelle 5 months ago +5

    Are all wind turbines equipped with this emergency route? Because that would actually help a lot with a story I'm writing...

  • Nomystery22
    Nomystery22 2 years ago +804

    The 2 things I learned from this video :
    1- The view at the top is amazing
    2- He's got two wires on him

    • Juna N
      Juna N 2 years ago


    • ssmuggler 1wizerd
      ssmuggler 1wizerd 2 years ago

      the view from the top is worth trespassing for

    • J S
      J S 2 years ago +1

      3- Turbines now have an emergency exit due to a fire that killed two repairman, and trapped them at the top.

    • FlexibleToast
      FlexibleToast 2 years ago

      @J S I was surprised they didn't mention the risk of fire. Sounded like this emergency exit is only meant for one person, meaning this wouldn't even solve that issue.

  • Roderick Cronin
    Roderick Cronin 2 years ago +15

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

  • ZadjTime
    ZadjTime Year ago

    I rarely get that much of an adrenaline rush watching someone else do that

  • Jordan Dontworryaboutit

    Mad props to the people who do maintenance involving heights….would have a heart attack if it was me up there

  • JackG79
    JackG79 Year ago

    Thank you for that. I used to be an electrician when I was healthy and was always fascinated with turbines. Your video answered a lot of my questions. Thanks again!!

  • Melaneykk
    Melaneykk Year ago

    I seemed to have developed a strange fear of other people being up high. I am not afraid of heights. I live six stories up and can sit in an open window with no railing. Watching this totally creeped me out.

  • GhostPuddle
    GhostPuddle 2 years ago +1365

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

    • Alan Broadhurst-Hall
      Alan Broadhurst-Hall 2 years ago +6

      This is so underrated! 😢

    • Half Rho V Squared
      Half Rho V Squared 2 years ago +36

      People often forget that there is a third “F” and in situations like these it is more than likely the response we’d expect - FREEZE !

    • Half Rho V Squared
      Half Rho V Squared 2 years ago +7

      George - Good point. I’d not considered that one but I concur that it belongs in the list.

    • MidgetMan 420
      MidgetMan 420 2 years ago +6

      George I assume the other two are more recognized due to predators not caring to much about fawn or freeze, the other two also have a quicker and more direct result with both animals and humans

  • James Pink
    James Pink Year ago

    Great episode Tom! Worst part of abseiling... letting go. Defining moment!

  • brock Lee
    brock Lee Year ago

    I always wondered what the inside of these look like. You have serious balls to go down from the top like that. My hands were sweating big time from watching this video

  • David Fischer
    David Fischer Year ago +2

    I like how when you're climbing the ladder there is a regular Exit sign pointing downwards.

  • YouTube-Kanal
    YouTube-Kanal 2 years ago +4

    If Tom got an e-mail, 99% it's about him wanting to learn to fly.

  • Sgt_Plague
    Sgt_Plague 10 months ago

    Couldn’t help but laugh when you were climbing the ladder and behind you was an emergency exit sign pointing down. I mean like, really???
    As always, fascinating vids.

  • irreal_laerri
    irreal_laerri 2 years ago +608

    My mother told me: "Never meet with strangers from the internet who ask you if you want to come to their wind turbine!", and then there's Tom Scott.

    • Twisted Tachyon
      Twisted Tachyon 2 years ago +71

      Your mother was strangely specific.

    • Wugadawoo
      Wugadawoo 2 years ago +31

      @Twisted Tachyon Still good advice. Then again, Tom's a trained professional

    • drsquirrel00
      drsquirrel00 2 years ago +16

      @Twisted Tachyon Instructions unclear, something caught in a 500kW wind turbine.

  • Edgar Renje
    Edgar Renje 2 years ago

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

  • CrackMC
    CrackMC Year ago +1

    These things are terribly huge...
    Tom has guts 👊

  • Name GoesHere
    Name GoesHere 10 months ago

    The climb inside looked awesome and no danger of slipping. (former electrician who has seen some crazy stuff on the jobsite and taken a "magic ladder ride" where the bottom of a 30' ladder must have gotten scared by the building and took off away from it 😆). Seeing that ring of neodymium magnets I could only imagine how strong they must be since a few little ones can pinch a finger but when they showed that view from 50 meters up? My butt is still clinched!! 😆 😆 Going down the " 2 wires " would be easy, slow moving from top to bottom. Where was the 75 kph winds? The hail? At least a lightning storm.

  • Papa El Jefe
    Papa El Jefe 2 years ago +3

    Thank you for doing this so that we have something new to learn and see 🙏

  • Pineapple road
    Pineapple road Year ago

    I remember i once went around what i can only describe as a weird obsicle course suspended in the air (and i cannot spell)
    i do not know how high up off the ground it was, but one thing i do remember is it reminded me i have a fear of heights
    a few times i even needed a bit of encouragement to get to the end (and i did not go round a second time, everyone else went round at least twice)
    there was a track thing overhead which each persons safety harness was attached to (and the person supervising was attached to a seperate track)

  • weasel
    weasel 2 years ago +600

    The "I've got two wires!" bit really hit me because it really seemed like it was just Tom thinking aloud, convincing himself this very unsafe-seeming thing was in fact perfectly safe.

    • bernier42
      bernier42 2 years ago +71

      I caught that too. That was genuine self-talk we witnessed.

    • Mancub_WWA
      Mancub_WWA 2 years ago +88

      It's letting go that is the problem. Your brain just doesn't want to be convinced to do it. The moment your body wegiht is acttually supported entierly by a harness, 90% of anxiety goes away. Unless you're reylly overthinking and/or have severe agoraphobia that is.

    • Lazy Pony
      Lazy Pony 2 years ago +11

      I think it seemed like that because it's literally what was happening. Definitely awesome, because I'd be too scared to even convince myself it was safe. 😂

    • Lillie
      Lillie 2 years ago +39

      @Mancub_WWA well your brain is thinking that you're just falling backwards from a very high point and doing everything it can to stop you from letting go.

    • Jsidefx
      Jsidefx 2 years ago +4

      @Mancub_WWA the fear of heights is Acrophobia, Agoraphobia is fear of going out into situations that may cause anxiety. Close in both spelling and in this situation meaning, so I'll let it slide this time😜

  • No No
    No No 8 months ago

    Thank you Sir. I live near 127 of these disgusting machines. Always wondered how the emergency exist worked.
    Also the fact that it is just a ladder that you have climb hundreds of feet straight up is brutal

  • Vincent Vega
    Vincent Vega 9 months ago

    I just got hired as a wind turbine tech in the US and this was very informative. Thank you

  • Omar Ghazzaoui
    Omar Ghazzaoui Year ago

    My stomach turned when you let go of the ladder 😂 love it

  • Joeziah Babb
    Joeziah Babb 3 months ago

    I'm surprised you didn't mention the two dutch turbine workers who died due to a fire and no way to descend from the outside. I think this was back in 2013 in Ooltgensplaat I think.
    My concern with what I saw here is that if the turbine were to catch fire, would the rope device and or tie off be outside or far enough from the main compartment to be accessible so they could escape?
    Heart breaking to see the video of the turbine workers who lost their lives, one burned to death and the other jumped to his death rather than die in the fire. You can see them hug each other before the end....