Taking The Emergency Exit From A Wind Turbine

Joylandi 3-May, 2021
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!
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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...!)

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

    • @AcogR6 what did kings of kings say

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

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

    • Asoo

  • ok where do i signup for that job!

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

  • Those googly eyes on his helmet

  • Blue shirt EWT guy sounds very much like the Icelandic accent

  • Woahhhhhh!!!

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

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

  • Anybody know who asked?

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

  • I thought they use parachute 😞

  • 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.

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

  • BIG BALLS!! 👌🏼

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

  • i love the dude being interviewed, absolute legend

  • こんなもん 30年ももたんだろ

    • this just activated my claustrophobia

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

  • this gives me anxiety

  • Yea, only if it were that easy!

  • 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?

  • How much does it cost to change blades?

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

  • 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 ?

  • this is one of Tom's coolest videos

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

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

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

  • There be googly eyes on his helmet

  • I got stressed out watching this video

  • this just activated my claustrophobia

  • The fire service would climb this.

  • My hands and feet started sweating watching his descent.

  • 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!

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

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

  • That emergency exit is safer than fire escape ladders.

  • 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!!

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

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pov this channel was in your recommended

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

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

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

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

  • by then.

  • The 360 camera was a great tool for this video amazing

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

  • Me with vertigo: wow nice

  • 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.

  • Cameraman: I am light years ahead

  • i really wanna rappel down that

  • No. That’s scary AF!

  • My.Hands.Are.Sweating.Profusely

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

  • Any OnlyConnectFans here?

  • How did the cameramen record the descent? By drone?

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

  • ᴵᶠ ᵃⁿʸᵒⁿᵉ ˢᵉᵉ ᵐʸ ˢᵐᵃˡˡ ᵗᵉˣᵗ ᶜᵒᵐᵐᵉⁿᵗ ᵗʰᵉⁿ ʰᵉˡᵖ ᵐᵉ ᵗᵒ ʳᵉᵃᶜʰ 100 ˢᵘᵇˢᶜʳᶦᵇᵉʳˢ ᶦⁿ ¹ ᵈᵃʸ.

  • dangit I thought they were using a magnetic brake

  • Tom's just experiencing everything with a UZfire channel as a cover

  • If I wasn't unconscious during the emergency descent, I would be before I reached the ground.

  • That's a fancy prusic hitch ... how much that set you back ?

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

  • 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.

  • If I was you, I'd be I'd be like "I'm gonna die"

  • Can you imagine passing out, then someone yeets you out the emergency exit just for you to wake up on the way down

  • I could definitely feel something tightening up as got out on top of the turbine...

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

  • Hands literally pissing.... anyone else?

  • i suddenly would be okay to work on turbines

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Nope!

  • 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

  • 4:12 Tom Scott defusing a bomb

  • Very interesting 👌

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • WIND TURBINES ARE EXPENSIVE PIECES OF TRASH!!!!

  • 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!

  • Used to work for these guys, the views from the top was one of the best parts of the job.

  • Also emergency pants change when you reach the ground

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

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

  • *sweaty palms intensifies*

  • ..and this is why I am not a youtuber :) My heart stopped just watching this.

  • 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!

    • 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 :)

  • You should at least train with it more just because it’s the last resort does not mean it shouldn’t be practiced

  • 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.

  • 🤩🤩🤩🤩

  • I wish I could jump too, with the safety equipment of course 😁

  • 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!!

  • I illegally climb cranes, i dont wanna work construction but this seems cool af

    • I'm good with dirty old blood stained oil. It stays on the ground

  • ooo i wonder how the fans have mysteriously broken themselves today up i gooooo

  • The thumbnail reminded me of the two young engineers that died in a wind turbine fire a few years back :(

  • Lets just say it... Any safety is good stuff