Electrician Inspecting High Voltage Control Panels

High-Voltage Workplace Environments

Rodman Law Office April 16, 2024

Every year, a significant number of workers experience an electrical injury or fatality due to workplace accidents, a grim reminder of the silent danger that high-voltage environments hold. If you or a loved one have endured this harrowing experience, it’s crucial to understand your rights and the course of action that’s within your reach. 

As an attorney at Rodman Law Office, I have experience dealing with high-voltage workplace injuries and I am dedicated to advocating for the rights of those injured on the job. Through meticulous investigation, expert collaboration, and skilled negotiation, I work tirelessly to ensure that my clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve. 

Common High-Voltage Workplace Environments

High-voltage environments are not just confined to construction sites with power lines, but they are also present in subtle settings such as a wall socket in a corporate office. The root of safety lies in correctly identifying these environments: 

  • Construction Sites: With extensive wiring and machinery, the construction domain invariably exposes workers to high-voltage risks. 

  • Manufacturing Plants/Tiers: Manufacturing floors where heavy machinery churns and utilizes vast amounts of electricity. 

  • Utility Companies: A no-brainer, the heart of power distribution, and the first place that comes to mind when imagining high-voltage. 

  • Office Buildings: Yes, even white-collar workplaces harbor electrical injury risks, especially during renovation works. 

Employer’s Duties to Maintain Safety

Electricity, while an irreplaceable utility, can pose considerable risks when it comes to workplace safety. Employers are mandated by law and ethics to ensure a secure working environment for their employees who dance with danger daily. 

Employer’s Duties Under OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has implemented a formidable framework that obligates employers to adhere to stringent electrical safety standards. Some of the highlights encompass: 

  • Training Programs: Regular safety training to educate workers about electrical hazards and precautions to be taken. 

  • Hazard Identification and Prevention: Employers must assess the workplace for potential hazards and take measures to eliminate or minimize them. 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Provision of appropriate PPE, including insulating gloves, mats, barriers, and tools, for employees working near live parts. 


Negligence on the part of the employer manifests when they fail to uphold their duties as laid out in the OSHA guidelines. Negligence can take various forms, such as: 

  • Inadequate Equipment Maintenance: Equipment malfunctions due to poor maintenance can cause electrical accidents. 

  • Unsafe Working Conditions: Employers must ensure that the workplace itself is free from hazards, including faulty wiring or overloaded circuits. 

Premise Liability 

Premise liability pertains to the responsibility of property owners and managers to maintain a safe environment. If a property owner is aware of electrical hazards on their premises and fails to take appropriate action to resolve them, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur. 

Product Liability 

Defective products, especially in a high-voltage context, can lead to catastrophic injuries. Manufacturers and sellers are obligated to ensure that their products are safe for use, especially in environments where the risk of injury is significantly higher, like high-voltage workplaces. 

Injuries That Can Occur in High-Voltage Environments

A high-voltage shock isn’t just another day’s mishap; it can lead to life-altering injuries or, in the most tragic cases, loss of life. Understanding the spectrum of threats is pivotal: 

  • Electrical Burns: The most apparent yet devastating result of an electric shock is burns. They can be extensive, calamitous, and in some case fatal. 

  • Nerve and Tissue Damage: Beyond the surface, electric current can penetrate the body, inflicting damage at a cellular level and affecting the nerves and tissues. 

  • Cardiac Arrest: A large enough current can disrupt the body's natural electrical impulses, causing the heart to go into a state of arrest, requiring immediate medical intervention to prevent fatal consequences. 

  • Falls and Secondary Injuries: The force of an electric shock can lead to falls from heights or machinery, sometimes causing a wave of secondary injuries with additional implications. 

What to Do if an Injury Occurs

If you are reeling from an electrical injury, there are certain steps you can take to set the tone for your recovery and assert your rights: 

  • Seek Medical Attention Immediately: Electrical injuries, regardless of their initial appearance, demand a professional evaluation. Delaying medical care can exacerbate hidden injuries, putting your long-term health at risk. 

  • Notify Your Employer and Document the Incident: Once your condition is stabilized, it’s imperative to inform your employer about the accident and your intent to file a workers' compensation claim. Document the event, injuries, and any corroborating evidence immediately. 

  • Bring On Legal Support: Dealing with a workplace injury, especially in a high-voltage setting, can be complex and overwhelming. Legal representation can make sure your rights are protected and advocate for full compensation for your injuries. 

  • Know Your Workers' Compensation Rights: Workers' compensation exists to support injured workers by providing medical benefits and wage replacement. Understand your rights regarding this crucial safety net. 

Rely on My Experienced Guidance

My comprehensive approach to high-voltage injury cases reflects my commitment to upholding the highest standards of legal practice and achieving the best possible outcomes for those affected by workplace accidents. Reach out to me at Rodman Law Office today if you’re in Austin, Texas, or anywhere throughout Travis County, Williamson County, and Hays County.