- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The newly minted president of a small gypsum mine east of Lovelock wasn’t properly trained on how to use an ATV when he rolled the vehicle and was killed this spring, federal investigators said this week.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a report Monday faulting management at the Gypsum Mountain Mine in the death of co-owner William M. Hill, 57. They also noted he wasn’t wearing a helmet or other protective gear that might have saved his life.

“Hill did not have the experience to operate the ATV in difficult terrain and did not complete a training course as recommended by the manufacturer of the ATV,” inspectors wrote.

Hill had been working at the small mine for just seven weeks when he took the ATV around the perimeter to put up “danger” and “no trespassing” signs. Investigators said Hill got stuck May 1 while driving uphill and tried to turn around, but lost control and started rolling.

He ended up pinned under the vehicle and remained there until a worker at the mine spotted him and called Pershing County sheriff’s deputies. Hill was pronounced dead on the scene of trauma to the neck and asphyxiation.

Regulators issued three citations to the company, which is owned by Silver State Minerals, LLC and had four employees including Hill.

Paul Gianoli, who was listed as the company’s secretary and treasurer, didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Tuesday.

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