A Halifax-area auto dealership has been fined $38,750 for failing to ensure a safe workplace in connection with an explosion and fire that killed an employee in 2008. The fine imposed Wednesday on O’Regan Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. was well below the $150,000 requested by the Crown during sentencing arguments in October. Provincial court Judge Pam Williams said there was no evidence that the company’s infractions caused the death of Kyle Hickey. The 22-year-old from Timberlea was badly burned in a fire in an O’Regan’s body shop in Dartmouth on March 13, 2008. He died in hospital the next day.