Federal workplace safety regulators have assessed more than $200,000 in penalties in connection with a deadly gasoline tank explosion at a Speedway store near Binghamton.

The September 20 incident at 704 Front Street in the town of Dickinson killed 57-year-old Arthur Hines of Syracuse.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's website indicates the agency is fining the company that employed Hines $204,353.

According to an OSHA summary, Hines was draining brine water while he was inside a 10,000-gallon fiberglass gasoline storage tank. A drill he was using ignited vapors, causing an explosion and fire. Hines died as a result of the incident.

OSHA assessed a $119,000 penalty for a "willful" violation and $85,000 for seven "serious" violations.

Miller Environmental Group acquired Environmental Products in December. A Miller official did not return a call seeking comment on the OSHA fines.

An OSHA representative did not immediately have additional information about the agency's investigation and conclusions.

David Cummings, a brother of Arthur Hines, said he had not been aware of the federal agency's conclusions regarding the incident.

An Environmental Products and Services of Vermont truck near the tank that was being cleaned on September 20, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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