How Wind Turbine Technicians Risk Their Lives to Keep Blades Spinning | Risky Business

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    In Portugal, technicians risk their lives every day to repair the wind turbines that provide energy across the country. They rappel down from turbines as high as 360 feet with only climbing rope and a harness keeping them safe.

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    What It's Like To Climb A 400-Feet Wind Turbine | Risky Business

A.C. Ross
A.C. Ross

I do cell phone tower work, pretty similar to this. I’m curious what you’re research would bring up on this career. Top hand is my title. Thanks for the informative videos. Keep showing kids you don’t have to go to college to get great paying jobs. Instead of money you just need a lot of blood, sweat, tears and overtime.

Vor 14 Tage
giveme5mins
giveme5mins

I love how when they show these sky monsters, they look like they are slow and lite wind is blowing. In reality the ground wind is constantly moving and the weather changes quickly as rain or the cold settles in. Wind farming is a tough life, the wind and elements are constantly changing but then you have electical mechanical problems to solve on the fly. And don't forget about hydraulics. Working with a solid crew is the only way you can get through your day. Miss the job but don't miss the job.

Vor Monat
dar el
dar el

Glad we have these kind of people who risk life and limb for this kind of work, I install roof framing on houses just 5-6 meters and at times I get light-headed when I'm on the edge of the roof frame.

Vor Monat
Morten Holsmo
Morten Holsmo

It's just what you are used to, I was the same as you in the beginning, 5-6 meter was scary, but I eventualy ended up working up to a few hundred meters above ground.

Vor Monat
mtiedemann11
mtiedemann11

Much respect and appreciation for tower workers!

Vor 2 Monate
glenn lopez
glenn lopez

Yes, a risky job and power is an essential service, still we should value their service and provide safeguards!

Vor Monat
LactoseTheIntolerant
LactoseTheIntolerant

@The Communist the appreciation is rather reserved in this case for the person's willingness to risk they're life.

Vor Monat
Donny McGahan
Donny McGahan

That ain't no tower

Vor Monat
JaTheBiker
JaTheBiker

Meanwhile Design Engineers: "Hmm let's design the nacelle in a egg shape that'll make it much more difficult for the turbine technicians to stand on top of it"

Vor Monat
mtiedemann11
mtiedemann11

@The Communist I do

Vor Monat
LE Bass design
LE Bass design

A couple of weeks ago I've been inside and on top of one of these. It was quite an experience and very interesting as well.

Vor Monat
Britteny Evans
Britteny Evans

I would be scared as hell to do this, much respect to these men .

Vor Monat
Max B
Max B

Me too. I'd sh** a brick doing this.

Vor Monat
Ginger the Trail Pup
Ginger the Trail Pup

That seems a bit sexist … I wonder why there is no equity here. Maybe we could pull them out of their teaching / nurse / secretary job.

Vor Monat
Michael Francis Tapia
Michael Francis Tapia

@Benji P how misogynistic of you to say that! Shame on you!....sarcasm

Vor Monat
TheNorthIsCold
TheNorthIsCold

I could never do this, i dont even want to look over the edge from 6'th floor and feel my stomack "sink". Respect to those who can.

Vor 2 Monate
Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
Repent and believe in Jesus Christ

Repent to Jesus Christ “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭105:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Vor Monat
Fred Freddy
Fred Freddy

Very scary stuff for me too. I don't mind some things that drive others bonkers, but heights are tough.

Vor Monat
Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
Repent and believe in Jesus Christ

Repent to Jesus Christ “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬ J

Vor Monat
Faria Em Portugal
Faria Em Portugal

Trabalho em uma fábrica de pás eolicas, já fiz reparações e hoje trabalho com as movimentações das pás. Gostava de saber como trabalhar dessa forma.

Vor 26 Tage
The Hi Monster Cartoons
The Hi Monster Cartoons

My uncle died repairing a windmill. He owned a company all over the United States and one day the lock on the blade didn’t work when he was repairing it and he plunged to his death. He lived good life.

Vor Monat
Fast&Curious
Fast&Curious

@Michael Not everyone's first language is English.. now go do some productive work

Vor 25 Tage
R S
R S

@LactoseTheIntolerant and the Hornets

Vor Monat
340wbymag
340wbymag

I have been learning to climb trees with ropes for recreation and exercise and have climbed to about a hundred feet so far. That's not really a big deal, but I am an old guy now, so I am pretty pleased with myself. I wish I had learned about climbing like this fifty years ago!

Vor 2 Monate
Lance Uppercut
Lance Uppercut

@El pacho .... garden fruit trees 🌳

Vor 23 Tage
El pacho ....
El pacho ....

@Str8 Fax I was two months old when I started.

Vor 23 Tage
El pacho ....
El pacho ....

@Lance Uppercut what were you doing climbing trees at three years old?

Vor 23 Tage
kegsofvomitspit
kegsofvomitspit

@Repent and believe in Jesus Christ : I get that you only joined YouTube last month, but seriously, learn to read the room.

Vor Monat
TooReal
TooReal

These folks more than earn their pay. This is something only a few would be able to do. The fear is too much for me.

Vor 2 Monate
Henry C
Henry C

@Menga : how do you know this?

Vor Monat
Menga
Menga

they get paid 36k that is not a lot of money

Vor Monat
Abe
Abe

I used to climb 300 ft towers but this is a whole different level much respect

Vor Monat
Tim Van der Sluijs
Tim Van der Sluijs

I'm an Electrician and a rope access technician. It's not all that big of a deal for these guys. You're trained trained for worst case scenarios and rescue/self rescue. Yes accidents happen, just like in any other trade. I'd rather be on ropes then other ways of access/egress.

Vor Monat
WLMan
WLMan

Respect ! I did some simple rock climbing in the past but nothing like 300 ft. 4.8 mW energy generated in an hour is like 385 W x 26 solar panels in 165 days for my home ! That’s a lot of energy in an hour.

Vor Monat
Krystal Starrett
Krystal Starrett

@ashotofmercury duh

Vor 21 Tag
ashotofmercury
ashotofmercury

@Krystal Starrett Hey, you too! As a pro tip - not every other person on the internet is from the US! 😉

Vor 21 Tag
Krystal Starrett
Krystal Starrett

@ashotofmercury Have a safe day!

Vor 23 Tage
Krystal Starrett
Krystal Starrett

@ashotofmercury You drive coast to coast much? I did, 30 years, USA Canada and Mexico. The wasteful wind mills are large hazards on the roads, with rude drivers.

Vor 23 Tage
ashotofmercury
ashotofmercury

@Krystal Starrett Hazard on the road? What??.... 🤔🤨

Vor 23 Tage
John Smith
John Smith

I would be too scared to do this sort of thing but as long as you are harnessed it should not be a dangerous job.

Vor 4 Monate
Ayush Verma
Ayush Verma

Hats off to him and his team 🙌🙌🙌

Vor Monat
greenergrassgames
greenergrassgames

I am often surprised with having to run to the toilet in the worst situation. I always wondered how people that work in these type of jobs deal with that.

Vor Monat
SeattlePioneer
SeattlePioneer

I still remember an early rock climb. I was belaying someone traversing the rock below me. I was anchored into a rusty piton someone had pounded into the crack on a rock some indeterminate length of time before. My heels were on a flake of rock. Between the insteps of my boots, I could see the first place I would bounce if the climber I was belaying fell, which would pull me off and we would be hanging by that piton. It was about 500 feet to that first place we would hit below. We did that for FUN! An amusing byproduct of rock climbing skills was the ability to climb most building exterior walls. Just walk up to any old building and climb as high as you wished ----easy peasy, mostly.

Vor 2 Monate
Julius
Julius

Here i am in my room, watching this video on a phone in portrait mode and my hands are sweaty just from the opening scene. Even being watched in a small resolution, the idea of men dangling on a rope at that height is still intimidating.

Vor 5 Monate
Some Guy With A Mustache
Some Guy With A Mustache

Respect 🙏 I'm scared of heights, Watching this just gives me anxiety

Vor Monat
Teguh Arifandi
Teguh Arifandi

Palm sweating, heart pounding, feet tingling, this is too intense even watching this while seating on the ground

Vor 5 Monate
Mike G
Mike G

Imagine being up there and having a panic attack? Start spinning..

Vor 2 Monate
Faisal Reza
Faisal Reza

@D'Andre Clyburn What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud

Vor 2 Monate
D'Andre Clyburn
D'Andre Clyburn

@Chris Johnson He's nervous but on the surface he looks calm and ready To drop booms but He keeps on forgetting

Vor 2 Monate
Climate Change doesn't bargain
Climate Change doesn't bargain

agree

Vor 5 Monate
pk
pk

They don't get paid enough to be risking their lives like this .Bravo to all the brave hard working men .

Vor 5 Monate
Nate ferguson
Nate ferguson

@3D_Age_Design I always tell the new guys it isnt dangerous it's just unforgiving if you dont pay attention.

Vor 13 Tage
3D_Age_Design
3D_Age_Design

The risk on their lives are less than most comuters in a car or bus,. Climbing roes are at least 5 times stronger than required,. as is all other professional climbing equipment.

Vor 13 Tage
La Cascada, Obregon
La Cascada, Obregon

That’s what I thought. What an employer.

Vor 16 Tage
Nate ferguson
Nate ferguson

@The one And only the funny part you left out is the number of people in those fields. Hundreds of millions drive . And welders are a dime a dozen. So of course more would die just from the sheer number of people doing those jobs.

Vor Monat
ricardo sousa
ricardo sousa

@Qui Tran In this type of job most certain they could, but its all about can your family come with you, are u ready to leave them for months if they cant, do you think you will prefer living in other country than in your own, etc.

Vor Monat
SosaDaGod69
SosaDaGod69

We need more people in the field. He is an inspector, im assuming. You can be an installer, tech, bunch of other things without rappelling blades everyday and without a engineering degree

Vor 2 Monate
Menga
Menga

He is a Mechanical Engineer

Vor Monat
rawi vee
rawi vee

How does one get into this field

Vor Monat
Ty B Duzit
Ty B Duzit

I use to climb cell towers for Verizon & a rope & harness is all we used as well but we never went this high up.

Vor 17 Stunden
Ben Chapple
Ben Chapple

The difference between 'perceived danger' and 'real danger' has been highlighted here. They are not the same. 100m or 30m is the same- if you fall you're dead! . In the rock climbing community this is called 'exposure' or 'how you feel'. I'd be quite happy doing this job as long as I trusted my mate. Most would freak out simply because of the height. If you trust your equipment and yourself then it's no problem- like driving a car.

Vor Monat
Itachi1165
Itachi1165

Yea long as it doesn’t break but never know life is crazy

Vor Monat
Devan Rogers
Devan Rogers

We need one of these for the U.S. Turbine Technician Job Feild. This guy is a mechanical engineer which is awesome. I don't think you need to be that though to work on them here in the states. I believe it's just the completion of a specialized training program. I know in the US they don't always work in teams either.

Vor 2 Monate
OctobersXO
OctobersXO

We actually care about our workers in Portugal

Vor 19 Tage
honesty_ 2022
honesty_ 2022

US standards are always sub-par when it comes to protecting front line workers.

Vor 2 Monate
xFlyingFlip
xFlyingFlip

I work for a company that manufactures the gearboxes inside the turbines. I work with some of the cats who go up in the towers to inspect & repair, they're a different breed altogether. I just work in the office doing the logistics side... much safer, much less cool.

Vor Monat
The fruition
The fruition

Safer? Those level of dread and stress gotta be tough though

Vor Monat
Piyush Agade
Piyush Agade

Great video. Two issues: 1. 4.8 MW / hr is not an appropriate unit. You should just say "4.8 MW, sufficient to power ..... homes". The unit of Watt is 'Joules/sec'. There already is a '/hr' embedded in a unit Watt. 2. As the unit Watt is defined as 'Energy/time', you saying 4.8 MW/hr energy is absolultely wrong.

Vor Monat
Keelan Crowder
Keelan Crowder

Brother been doing this for 4 almost 5 years. As I told him they really need to give them some type of parachute or something. Can't always trust a harness

Vor Monat
Samson Soturian
Samson Soturian

I worked making wind turbines for a week but ditched that trash. I believe the term for it is "crunch culture" where there were six 12-14 hour days and the nearest town was 30 minutes away. People were threatened with their jobs for asking time off or slacking off and Christmas was literally canceled for these guys. Work progressed at a snail's pace because everyone was as tired and cranky as you'd expect. Needless to say, they were constantly understaffed (only 8 out of 25 positions were filled when I got there) and ridiculously over budget and behind schedule. No idea if the guys in the video worked that way.

Vor 5 Monate
Not A Stone
Not A Stone

@ContoSóComigo i wish they gave me 12 hour shifts at work right now but they wont because they dont want to pay overtime.. the extra cash would be wonderful since id like to start my own business and saving on my paycheck is basically impossible because it does not keep up with inflation.

Vor 14 Tage
Not A Stone
Not A Stone

@Thomas Kent bro its like a handful of dudes... you dont need a union when its that small.. you just make a demand and quit if you dont get what you are due..

Vor 14 Tage
Mark Masich
Mark Masich

yep they were suppose to be self sufficient.. but the maintenence alone is costly .. and eventually they will be unusable because nothing on the windmill is reusable . That's facts .. you have a whole street with electric vehicles . Each house has 2 because that's how it would be .. the power grid alone wouldn't be able to handle that many vehicles .. rolling black outs and brown out will happen more frequently.. and it will cost 1.6 billion lives in the long run . Truth .there our better ways but the government and corporations want to make hand over fists .. your electricity bill will be outrageous.. electric batteries aren't recyclable or reusable either and making 1 battery leaves just as much of a carbon footprint... electric vehicles is a step back in technology.. and will cripple our infrastructure if we go away from fossil fuels . People need to research fossil fuels and electric cars and windmills .. To see how the battery of a car is made for that electric car as well . . The carbon footprint left after isn't much different from electric car and gas powered after everything is said and done . the electric car ends up being worse for the environment and kill s more people .. study has found .

Vor 25 Tage
General Yellor
General Yellor

So, let me get this straight, you're trashing windmills because of a miserable job you had? Wow.

Vor 25 Tage
ContoSóComigo
ContoSóComigo

12-14 hours six days a week should be a crime. Thats no life. In cases like this I defend the right of the worker to give informations of the company, like when they gonna cash the money.. justice be made, even if out of the "law of men"

Vor 29 Tage
Sergio Polanco
Sergio Polanco

This is really nice Joao, I leave in chicago USA and I use this equipment to wash windows in the high rises building. Tu trabajo es muito bom, cuide-se.

Vor Monat
Elijah
Elijah

Respect. That’s an even scarier job than this I feel. I’ve seen window washers with nothing but a scaffold to stand on.

Vor Monat
Itachi1165
Itachi1165

Never doing that

Vor Monat
Libor Tinka
Libor Tinka

Wind and nuclear are relatively safe in terms of deaths per TWh (both WAY safer than e.g. black or brown coal, oil or even biomass), with the wind taking bigger toll on the life of engineers and inspectors (fires, blade failures etc.). It's a dangerous job and that is something to be considered when going "green" since the term is multifaceted and throws so many shadows as well, that are often not mentioned by the proponents (like huge amount of non-recyclable waste from decomissioned turbines/blades). Not judging, it's just something that needs to be said and considered, because the downsides grow with the number of power plants.

Vor 5 Monate
Platin 21
Platin 21

@Nonya Bisness And there is even more fals information in this comment. Kinda pointless to argue. You don‘t need a bomb for such a reactor to blow up reality knocks on your door and says to you hydrogen. Most reactor explosions that happened are because of it and the thing that happens when you quickly depressurize such a reactor. I dunno what you think happend in Fukushima but there it wasn’t a shielding issue.. But over heating of the core+depleted crap and the subsequent hydrogen explosion. Because it’s a ducking light water reactor which is the worst design if not submerged. Nuclear waste is Stored in Zirkonium and is actually incredibly hot still from the radiation side yep you are right for the period in which it is inspected etc. when you buried it then there is no such thing happening as in nobody inspects it any a leak of radiation isn’t unlikely. Nuclear is btw. also substantially more expensive and especially these LWR‘s don’t make a lot of sense anymore today. Animals flusihing is not a indicator of radiation planting something there or construction is basically impossible without taking a substantial amount of radiation up into the air. Living there still includes you getting a higher dose of radiation here to say not so much anymore but still enough for it to be not background. It’s actually a interesting science experiment that happens there where the biggest bet right now is 60 to 80 years for mutations arising that will be lethal to these animals. It’s so safe there that you need to have a geiger counter 24/7 there and be checked for radiation every 24 hours or when you enter/leave.

Vor 5 Monate
Nonya Bisness
Nonya Bisness

@Libor Tinka smaller reactors are not inherently safer, just...smaller. This is offset by there being more. the danger with nuclear is allways about material getting out, not the plants going critical or anything like that. if small reactors is what we need to sell the public on nuclear, by all means, but it'd be pure propaganda and less safe if anything depending on who'd get to operate these "small" reactors.

Vor 5 Monate
Nonya Bisness
Nonya Bisness

@Platin 21 Lots of false information here. We have storage for nuclear waste, first of all. The reason we don't have many permanent places is because that's not politically convenient. If you have a "permenent" storage that's it you're settled with it and historically the public is very uninformed and therefore scared. "temporary" storage on the other hand you can allways move. Nuclear waste is inert, it's encased it solid metal cyclinders and just...sits there. now you gotta make sure no one take's it and that it can be inspected from time to time. That's it, totally safe. This is if you're not feeding your nuclear waste into a particular reactor designed to essentially use it all up, less efficient, bit more expensive but very doable. As for an explosion at a nuclear plant...no. There's nothing there to explode and the entire facility is heavily shielded by meter of steel-reinforced concrete. If you smuggeled a bomb literally into the reactor, you'd damage the reacctor but that's about it. the radioactive material would now just sit in there and not do anything. Like it currently does in chernobyl, there reason that was more problematic was because soviets didn't install the heavy shielding usually in place, allowing material to scatter around. And while we're talking chernobyl...that is pretty habitable right now. You can go there without protection and walk around. It's recommended you don't ingest anything or take item's, but that's mostly a safety measure. The animals there certainly flourish.

Vor 5 Monate
myaccount611
myaccount611

My brother in christ why are you spreading Fossil fuel corporation talking points

Vor 5 Monate
JRK
JRK

I'll stick to flying my Alta drone for inspections, thanks lol Props to these brave souls

Vor Monat
C J
C J

Just got my contract, waiting to find out which wind farm I’ll be heading to end of this month cannot wait!!!!!

Vor 5 Monate
El pacho ....
El pacho ....

@Eddie grow up.

Vor 23 Tage
R S
R S

@Dani.mughal24 he’s lying

Vor Monat
johno4521
johno4521

Better u than me....

Vor Monat
Eddie
Eddie

Let us know how it went damn it lol! He'll yeah that's badass!

Vor Monat
Luke Kennedy
Luke Kennedy

@rawi vee you might have experience in another industry that skills transfer over like boat build and using fibreglass/epoxy resins but majority of the time you atleast need the right certs and a lot of firms are reluctant to take on guys fresh out of training.

Vor Monat
Squad4 Bus
Squad4 Bus

People that can work that high has my respect. Skyscrapers, turbines, to changing a single light bulb on a tower

Vor Monat
Not A Stone
Not A Stone

@Squad4 Bus its effectively worthless when you consider the energy required to build and maintain it. some area's its more effective than others but honestly nuclear is the best bet for cheap abundant energy.. problem is nuclear energy is a long term investment and politicians are not elected for the long term..

Vor 14 Tage
Squad4 Bus
Squad4 Bus

@night runner it doesn't help at all?

Vor Monat
night runner
night runner

Windmills are useless, in the middle of summer in no wind, useless.

Vor Monat
Brian warshow
Brian warshow

Rope Access is actually quite safe and in many ways, relaxing. Ask any very good rope tech and they will tell you, every minute on the ground outside of work is far more dangerous. it's people on the ground that make this world unnerving and risky. Inspection and fiberglass repair work is pretty chill with a good team and experience. Saving turbines one blade at a time, it's good work for old big wall climbers with technical composite skills, for sure. I call it Arts & Crafts with big air under your heels. Cheers to Rope Techs around the world, Go man, go!

Vor Monat
Brian warshow
Brian warshow

@m.m. m.m. Spacial awareness is good stuff. Do what you love and enjoy. Always Visualize Whirlled Peas and keep yer back up high. Cheers

Vor 7 Tage
m.m. m.m.
m.m. m.m.

@Brian warshow 👍🏼😘

Vor 7 Tage
Brian warshow
Brian warshow

@m.m. m.m. May all your work mates be competent, safe and fun. Cheers!

Vor 7 Tage
m.m. m.m.
m.m. m.m.

I am a female working as rope access technician in London and looking forward to do my GWO soon 🙂 This is my dream job.

Vor 7 Tage
fw1421
fw1421

There’s no way I could do that job. Huge fear of heights.

Vor 29 Tage
Bruce Morris
Bruce Morris

I was a Derrick hand on a drilling rig back in the day . That was high enough for me.

Vor Monat
hidros14
hidros14

A coworker used to do this for a living. They make 40-50 bucks an hr. Definitely not worth the risk.

Vor Monat
Deitrix
Deitrix

Only $36k for that? I'd expect at least $100k considering they're putting themselves in harms way on a daily basis.

Vor 5 Monate
D SOPH
D SOPH

if your not afraid of heights and have some form of being in good shape, this is a pretty easy gig

Vor Monat
RussianTanksAreMadeOfPotatoes
RussianTanksAreMadeOfPotatoes

Assuming the average American salary is $55k, you’d be looking at $110k. Which is more than most people are capable of making considering the value of their skills.

Vor Monat
CODE
CODE

@louiearmstrong Los Angeles Big Mac is 13 for large meal

Vor Monat
downtownmoose
downtownmoose

@Audelio True. They said that is the average salary for that job in Portugal, but he makes more, I am guessing 2x the $36x is still a hard NO for me. Heck NO!

Vor Monat
louiearmstrong
louiearmstrong

@daniel emerson Mcdonsalds app 6/13/22: Big Mac in Times Square: $5.59, Big Mac in Boise: $4.29. I'd love to know where these mythical $15+ BigMacs are that (mostly anti-min wage increase conservative) complain about

Vor 2 Monate
Jacob Dykstra
Jacob Dykstra

Great video, but what is 4.8 MW/Hr? We've got to finally understand the difference between energy and power as we move into electric everything. I see lots of videos still stating charge rates in KWH and battery capacity in KW.

Vor 5 Monate
I don't know
I don't know

@Ivan Kutskir In America we still use miles and watts. Our system is better.

Vor Monat
I.P. 017
I.P. 017

I think it is better she should have said it in words rather than writing also in mathematical form 4.8MW/hr so as to avoid confusion with the unit of work/ energy which is MW-hr, the power it consumes in an hour, as it really generates confusion.

Vor Monat
SeattlePioneer
SeattlePioneer

@falsemcnuggethope > Seconds are the standard scientific means of measuring time.

Vor 2 Monate
Power Wagon
Power Wagon

Volts x amps = watts . The K stands for 1000. The M stands for mega or millions. In this instance 4.8 million watts produced in one hour. For reference your typical hair dryer uses about 1200 watts of power at a point in time, if you ran it for 1 hour you would use 1.2 kWh. I have a 10 k solar system so I could theoretically run about 8 (8x 1200w=9600watts)hair dryers at full solar output.

Vor 2 Monate
honesty_ 2022
honesty_ 2022

kW is how we rate the power capacity of say a SOLAR ARRAY or EV CHARING STATION. kWh is how much energy we receive from them.

Vor 2 Monate
Chris Branton
Chris Branton

I work on these and i feel his pain climbing them ladders 🙈🤣

Vor 5 Monate
rawi vee
rawi vee

How do I apply

Vor Monat
honesty_ 2022
honesty_ 2022

Thank you for all you do !

Vor 2 Monate
tanner chew
tanner chew

Where do you start to get into this kind of work!? I'm graduating soon with a ME degree and I climb so this seems like a dream job!

Vor 4 Monate
da vicho
da vicho

Hell yeah brotha! Fellow wind tech here.

Vor 4 Monate
T Industries
T Industries

It does look super cool to do. Pff, must feel crazy ❤ but it's not good if it's not safe of course

Vor Monat
Half Warrior Artist 67
Half Warrior Artist 67

These guys are awesome! I worked on wind turbines for Bonus Wind turbines in Tehachapi,CA. in 1988-89. Not a good job if you’re afraid of heights;thankfully I wasn’t.

Vor Monat
Henry C
Henry C

My question is… what kind of money did you make?

Vor Monat
William971
William971

insane blood you have, im in the fetal position watching this vid

Vor Monat
giveme5mins
giveme5mins

@ATLHooliganI was more afraid of that sudden stop, falling is the easy part.

Vor Monat
ATLHooligan
ATLHooligan

No one is afraid of heights, they are afraid of falling.

Vor Monat
JT
JT

"Wind turbines hardly break..." you should take a drive along the 10 freeway between Palm Springs and Los Angeles, California. The number of decrepit, non-functioning wind turbines is depressing. They are an eyesore.

Vor Monat
Dermot McGlinchey
Dermot McGlinchey

@Scrappy clapped out foxbody Another half wit troll, if you watched the video you would already know how much energy they produce..

Vor 28 Tage
JT
JT

@Dermot McGlinchey poor design, poor maintenance, poor placement, poor everything. They look like a 30 year old broken down car sitting in someone's driveway covered in oil.

Vor 29 Tage
Dermot McGlinchey
Dermot McGlinchey

Is it because of poor maintenance?, in Europe I’ve never seen what you describe..

Vor 29 Tage
Vivekananda N
Vivekananda N

Imagine, having to climb so far and up and then remember that you forgot a bolt/screw that was required!!!

Vor 2 Monate
Aman Kumar
Aman Kumar

drone used for sending bolt

Vor 2 Monate
Jayjs20
Jayjs20

My fear of heights is triggering from just watching this video. Can't stop though.

Vor 5 Monate
Lynn Leigha
Lynn Leigha

No flipping way, I seriously thought that a wind turbine, was only about 10-20 feet tall, lol!

Vor 2 Monate
val seyer
val seyer

These men have guts, my respects homies!!!

Vor Monat
Bruce Malmat
Bruce Malmat

"This turbine can generate 4.8 MW per hour". D'oh. Face palm.

Vor Monat
Martijn Visser
Martijn Visser

Good job windmill technicians!!

Vor 5 Monate
Humanimal
Humanimal

It's a wind turbine.

Vor 2 Monate
The Feral Farmer
The Feral Farmer

Big difference between turbines and windmills

Vor 5 Monate
sandas turner
sandas turner

I will take this job only if I could fly with my bare arms.

Vor 2 Tage
HADDEN67
HADDEN67

Rubbish. It’s very safe. Also you can also use blade access platforms. 1000’s of on and offshore wind turbine blade inspections and repairs are carried out every year.

Vor 5 Monate
Princess K
Princess K

This video is giving me chills watching it wow 😯

Vor Monat
Isaac Chong
Isaac Chong

8:23 "MW/hr" units don't exist. The Watt, a unit of power, is work(J) divided by time(s) so dividing Watt again by time(hr) doesn't make sense. Anyways, amazing work done by wind turbine engineers. A great example of how the Green Economy pays so well.

Vor Monat
Isaac Chong
Isaac Chong

@LE Bass design theres absolutely nothing wrong with MWh. check out the units at 8:23, which is MW/hr ie "MW per hour" which doesn't exist as its physically impossible.

Vor Monat
LE Bass design
LE Bass design

Yes, so what’s exactly wrong with MWh?

Vor Monat
Isaac Chong
Isaac Chong

@LE Bass design hi there! if memory serves me well, 1 Wh is 1 Watt multiplied by 3,600 seconds (1 hour), which is essentially 3,600 Ws or 3,600 Joules (ie energy, and not power). Hence 1 kWh is equivalent to 3,600,000 Joules. Hope this is as accurate as it can be. Its been 13 years since my graduation.

Vor Monat
LE Bass design
LE Bass design

how do you explain kWh then?

Vor Monat
Kyle Konetchy
Kyle Konetchy

So excited to start working on wind turbines. I go to school in a couple months to become a technician

Vor 25 Tage
Dgedeon03
Dgedeon03

The most fun I had on the job ever!!

Vor 2 Monate
Sean Richards
Sean Richards

Respect to him, I am terrified of heights

Vor Monat
zhadoomzx
zhadoomzx

Other people would call that an Adrenalin kick, not daily routine...

Vor 5 Monate
Chris Chan
Chris Chan

To put that (4.8MWh) into perspective, I use about 7kWh of electricity per day. So 1 hour of generation would be enough for me to run my home for 1.88 years. 1 person household, faily efficient appliences, no solar panel unfortunately

Vor 5 Monate
Chris Chan
Chris Chan

@WLMan 16-22kwh should be the energy consumption for a 3-person household. If you live by yourself then really have to look at where the energy was being "wasted".

Vor Monat
Chris Chan
Chris Chan

@WLMan I live by myself. How many people live in your household?

Vor Monat
WLMan
WLMan

I use 16 - 22 kWh per day. 4.8 mW can last me 220 - 290 days. How do you manage 7 kWh per day ?

Vor Monat
Zo0187
Zo0187

Gotta hell of a lot of respect for these dudes

Vor Monat
Thomas Reeves
Thomas Reeves

Omg pay these men more money. I swear I almost threw up just watching this. If I made it to the top I'd be so scared I'd probably just launch myself off of the dam thing.

Vor 5 Monate
Luke Kennedy
Luke Kennedy

@kape28s So do I and I was earning $44 an hour and $65 after 40hrs. So what William above said is more than possible....like I said a blade D, irata lvl 3 can earn £34 plus!

Vor 2 Monate
kape28s
kape28s

@Luke Kennedy i work as rope access technician

Vor 2 Monate
Luke Kennedy
Luke Kennedy

@kape28s it's true especially in the US where you work on the more extensive damages or hold a higher qualified blade cert level and rope level (yes there are levels to your certification 🤣)

Vor 2 Monate
kape28s
kape28s

@William who told you that? 😂

Vor 4 Monate
William
William

Wind techs makes quite a bit, especially blade techs like this. They can make over $50 an hour, plus a $150 ish per day perdiem. They can easily clear $4K in a 2 week period.

Vor 5 Monate
Roger [DK]
Roger [DK]

A wind turbine cost almost as much energy to produce and maintain during it's lifetime as it makes.... We need nuclear energy......

Vor 2 Tage
G-Man
G-Man

Looks fascinating but is this industry self sustaining or heavily subsidized by the government?

Vor 11 Tage
AngryPasta
AngryPasta

It’s so safe. Safe for the environment. Giant wind blades falling on the ground…

Vor 29 Tage
Dan Brit
Dan Brit

Hanging from a rope at the top of a skyscraper hight and "I'm safe"...USA cops in the USA armored up and armed to the teeth...we're in danger.....mad respect to those left with true honer

Vor 4 Monate
Zulfikar Egzikutor
Zulfikar Egzikutor

This is fairly very safe job as a structural ironworker i erected many wind turbines , very nice work...

Vor Monat
BHARGAV GAJJAR
BHARGAV GAJJAR

All this work can be simplified by lowering the rotors

Vor Monat
Manuel
Manuel

Incredible men hope they get paid well Geez .

Vor Monat
J Money
J Money

Watching this got me on the edge, I’m all sweating out

Vor Monat
Ihtesham Emon
Ihtesham Emon

Dangerously Beautiful! ❤️

Vor 2 Monate
Ben Dover
Ben Dover

I dont need you to tell me what makes their job so risky.. I have the powers of observation! It is fascinating to see these guys do their job tho. Fml... the elevator was out?! Thats brutal, man.. i know theyre prolly use to this sorta activity, but still... id say they should be paid better imo.

Vor Monat
Hugo Dias
Hugo Dias

Portuguese are the greatest in wind turbine technicians worldwide 👍

Vor 5 Monate
RidiPwn
RidiPwn

come on, they have to make this thing easier, looks like 2 steps forward 10 steps backwards

Vor Monat
Campbell Morrison
Campbell Morrison

I wonder how they guarantee the blades don't start turning especially if there was an unusual wind gust. Scary stuff

Vor Monat
Slugbunny
Slugbunny

This video was tense enough without the music, geez! 😱

Vor 5 Monate
LININ
LININ

looks very hard but id be willing to give something like this a try

Vor Monat
Waaaltz
Waaaltz

I'm getting dizzy and my knees are feeling weak just by watching this... I have fear of heights, I will definitely pass out if I reached the top of that turbine.

Vor Monat
Ng Roy
Ng Roy

I am assuming 4.8 MW/hour is enough to power 5000 European homes for an hour (what unit and in what season)? I am assuming there will be a difference in power generation in different seasons and time of the date. What is the average daily generation of that wind turbine in one year?

Vor 5 Monate
Zedrhyx
Zedrhyx

@SeattlePioneer do you know what batteries are? also wind wil only slowdown they don't ever stop so you think all is an infinite resources nope oil will eventually dry up meanwhile solar and wind will not

Vor Monat
SeattlePioneer
SeattlePioneer

How many European homes will that wind turbine power if the wind isn't blowing? And what do you do THEN?

Vor 2 Monate
*
*

Sure, output generally varies throughout the seasons, with Winter time in the northern hemisphere often bringing the more favourable winds. The average that any particular turbine produces depends highly on its location and the particular conditions in that local for a given season or year. Historical wind speed data for an area usually gives a reliable indication of production expectation prior to construction. Typically a '4.8 MW' turbine (or any rating of turbine) would not be expected to generate its nameplate capacity continuously throughout a year as there are no places that produce perfect wind speeds continuously, so actual output is based upon long-term wind speed averages. For example, you may generate 2 MWh/year for a 4.8 MW turbine in an area with an annual average wind speed of 10 m/s, with a seasonal average of 15 m/s during Winter, and 5 m/s average during Summer. See _Capacity Factor._

Vor 5 Monate
niels lund
niels lund

It depends on the wind speed, at 17-19 m / s it provides 4.8 MW, at less than 3-4 m / s it provides nothing. above 25 m / s it has to stop.

Vor 5 Monate
Robert F
Robert F

8:21 need to work on units my friend. 4.8 MW in an hour is actually not an electricity generating rate. 4.8 MW is an electricity generating rate, 4.8 MW-hr /day is an electricity generating rate, and 4.8MW-hr per hr is... 4.8 MW. Not sure which one they meant.

Vor 5 Monate
honesty_ 2022
honesty_ 2022

Yes I live in north Manchester UK, my 4.9kW Solar energy system delivers to my house energy measured in kWh that can do in Spring and Summer anywhere from 7kWh (crappy day) to 14kWh (good day) to 24kWh (exceptional day).

Vor 2 Monate
xnademolicious
xnademolicious

@Augustus331 4.8MW works out to 4.8 megajoules per second, but MW does not have a time component - it's only an instantaneous measurement of power. The peak power of a common static electrical spark is measured in the kilowatt range but for a very short period of time. The power might be expressed as 4.8KW. It does not express 4.8 KWsecond of energy.

Vor 5 Monate
locknight
locknight

@Augustus331 Bruh, she said "4.8 MW of energy in an hour" MW is unit of power, not energy

Vor 5 Monate
Yasasa Tennakoon
Yasasa Tennakoon

@Augustus331 na that's not it

Vor 5 Monate
Augustus331
Augustus331

Comes down to the same thing. A 4.8 MW capacity turbine produces 4.8 MWh per hour, as 4.8 MW stands for 4.8 MWsecond. Idk what the problem is?

Vor 5 Monate
Tj R
Tj R

I’m shocked at how little they get paid to do a job like that. The start of every shift is life threatening.

Vor Monat
Michael H
Michael H

That's considered generous in third world countries unfortunately. People get paid pennies to risk their lives there.

Vor Monat
Blitz Of The Reich
Blitz Of The Reich

It's Portugal. $36,000 is decent in Portugal.

Vor Monat
RussianTanksAreMadeOfPotatoes
RussianTanksAreMadeOfPotatoes

“You feel happy because you’re contributing to something better”. Which explains why so many people are so damned mad.

Vor Monat
j b
j b

I love being way up high, looking down and out at the scenes below me--but not up there, not doing that job! I'm glad there are men who are willing to take such a huge risk to keep those huge wind turbines running!

Vor Monat
Menga
Menga

7:00 Mechanical Engineer getting paid 36K to climb a wind turbine. Risking his only life; Yes something is not right here; they are being exploited or robbed.

Vor Monat
Mr Kokolore
Mr Kokolore

All that risk for a few megawatts. Nuclear power plants are way safer to work in while producing gigawatts of power.

Vor 4 Monate
Lord Bucket Head III
Lord Bucket Head III

@Dre Frazier Think of where technology was in the 80s and where it is now… we can definitely expand nuclear energy. Look at France for example

Vor 27 Tage
Mr Kokolore
Mr Kokolore

@Dre Frazier 1. Chernobyl according to the WHO caused about 4000 deaths due to delayed action taking and poor health care in the Soviet Union. Over 60-70 years of operation nuclear energy is therefore still the safest energy source there is. 2. What about the waste? There is not a single person who has died from nuclear waste.

Vor Monat
Dre Frazier
Dre Frazier

That's ridiculous. You're talking one guy falling to his death vs the potential for something like Chernobyl. Not to mention all the waste these plants create.

Vor Monat
Gloading
Gloading

YouTube has been throwing me these amazing vids in the suggestions lately and i Couldn’t be any happier I’ve been watching a lot of missile silo explorations too just cuz 😂💀

Vor Monat
Ben
Ben

Back when my dad was a child, he had to work on the turbine while it was spinning and he didnt even have a harness

Vor Monat
Triskitsgambler
Triskitsgambler

Is this like a "I walked to school uphill both ways" type of deal?

Vor Monat
BOTAS ROJERO
BOTAS ROJERO

Y’all want to know something to keep those wind turbines running requires petroleum 🫢 to keep them lubricated

Vor Monat
Mataga Lait
Mataga Lait

Respect 🙏 God bless you ..be careful

Vor 17 Tage
Ængland
Ængland

I thought she was making a joke when she said that he’s climbing the ladder because the elevator is out of service. Lol

Vor 12 Tage
MikeDaACMech
MikeDaACMech

Challenging job. Lot's of stress factors. I hope they get paid better in the future.

Vor Monat
Dary Kinnaman
Dary Kinnaman

For a technology that will come to its knees during a snowstorm.

Vor Monat
JK
JK

Birds are the real heroes here. They risk their lives every day flying through wind turbines

Vor Monat
Koen VO
Koen VO

8:35, not 70% of the energy, but of the electricity!

Vor 5 Monate
honesty_ 2022
honesty_ 2022

That is what they do they make electricity. I agree heating and electricity should be placed in separate columns if you do so the percentage of WIND and SOLAR will actually GO UP on any chart or graph. Wall socket power and heating needs to be divorced in stats.

Vor 2 Monate
Lawrence Jelsma
Lawrence Jelsma

As a yield engineering question ... How much energy goes into building them and for maintenance in crude oil or coal? Wind is a variable and fluctuating energy source to capture energy with to compensate energy costs keeping the environment clean.

Vor Monat
Mick Bowers
Mick Bowers

It uses hydraulic oil that has to be changed every 9months and other lubricant’s let alone the carbon footprint it cost to make, transport and mine out of the ground. All diesels. Wave energy uses no oils no parts to catch fire. But kept quiet. You see it yet.

Vor Monat
Henry C
Henry C

My question is… what kind of money do these guys make?

Vor Monat
Adrian Rodriguez
Adrian Rodriguez

Awesome thanks for letting me know That was great

Vor Monat
tubosolinas
tubosolinas

"after all that effort to get up there"..."i have to come down again!"lol

Vor 3 Monate
sog
sog

The great white hope, or hoax? A tech told me that wind turbines rarely turn a profit. Most wear out before they are paid off.

Vor Monat
painfull16
painfull16

I think you need to review your logic: "...risk their lives every day... with only climbing rope and a harness keeping them safe." Well I have climbed many a place or thing using rope and harness. I can tell you now, when done correctly - as these men surely do, using rope and harness is as safe as driving your car to work. Though it could be said that we risk our lives every day driving to work :) Yes. Yes we do. But due to 'safety measures' the risk is so low, it's something we don't think that much about. Which is what these men do. Setup their safety gear, and get to work.

Vor 5 Monate
L G
L G

But if you crash your car you don't always die? If something is done incorrectly here and you fall to the ground you 10/10 dead

Vor 2 Monate
MagPie94
MagPie94

It is one thing to be safe while simply repelling down with a rope, but another thing is to operate simultaneously with hammers, grinders, washers and painting guns. The job is unnecessarily dangerous, as there are robots like Aerones that ensure a much safer procedure.

Vor 5 Monate
Mark B
Mark B

They know that, but clickbait titles like these bring on the clicks, so they format the videos like this. :)

Vor 5 Monate

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