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A man died at an oil well drilling site west of Killdeer Thursday.

Kristopher Barnes, 32, of Minot, was working at an Ensign U.S. Drilling site and was struck by traveling blocks while working on a drilling rig, said Eric Brooks, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration area director.

The Dunn County Sheriff's Department was notified by State Radio of the accident at 6:27 a.m., according to a statement by the department. It was reported that a "man was down” and was trapped under the "blocks" of the rig. He was breathing but not conscious.

Emergency personnel arrived at 6:52 a.m. Barnes was located on the floor of the drilling rig, which sits approximately 30 feet above ground, according to the sheriff’s department. Ensign Employees had been performing CPR.

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CPR was stopped at 7 a.m., and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Dunn County Coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death, according to the sheriff’s department.

An OSHA compliance officer was on site Friday investigating, Brooks said.

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