In 2006, Larry Hewitt was working as an apprentice lineman for L.E. Myers Co., an electrical-utility construction contractor. He was assigned to a job replacing old electrical power lines. On June 14, 2006, his specific job was to tie in a new power line, which was de-energized. Per the daily "job-briefing log" and L.E. Myers' policy, he was required to use protective rubber gloves and sleeves in case the line became energized.