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Brazil's Sindipetro NF said the accident took place at around 8 pm local time at Sevan Drilling's cylindrical Sevan Brasil SS-86 rig.
The rig is on a seven-year contract to state producer Petrobras and was drilling the 8-JUB-46D-ESS well, the union said.
Neither Sevan Drilling or Petrobras immediately responded to an Upstream request for comment.
Medical personnel rushed to the scene of the accident but the worker was pronounced dead soon afterwards.
"The circumstances of the accident are not yet known, but a commission will be named to determine the facts," the union said.
Sindipetro NF director Wilson Reis will participate in those discussions, the union said.
Sevan Brasil recently wrapped up drilling at an appraisal well of the Franco prospect in unlicenced acreage but records indicate the current well is in the Espirito Santo basin.
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