SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington Department of Labor and Industries cited and fined North Idaho Drilling Inc. $92,144.
That's because the state said the company made several "willful and serious violations" during an incident in June 2019. The incident stems from a rock blasting project at East Sprague and North Grant.
The state said the blast sent rocks 450 feet from the site. Some struck buildings, but no one was hurt.
KREM 2 found records showing this is not the North Idaho company's first safety violation.
KREM 2 did a search for North Idaho Drilling Inc. and came across this report from the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission in 2013.
It details 11 different citations after an Aug. 11, 2010 inspection of the company's small portable crusher at a mine in Benewah County, Idaho.
The citations ranged from outdated work exams, out of date maintenance on fire extinguishers, and failing to post warning signs where danger of fire or explosions existed.
A judge fined the drilling company $2,533 for only nine of the 11 citations.
The court record also mentions the company's previous history of 22 paid violations at the mine from May 2009 to Aug. 2010. Thirteen of the 22 are listed as significant and substantial violations.
Then in March 2019, Washington state also fined North Idaho Drilling Inc. and suspended its license to buy explosives. That's because a 20-pound rock from a construction site crashed through the roof of an apartment and landed in a child's bedroom.
KREM 2 reached out to North Idaho Drilling Inc. for comment Monday and again for our original story on the company's license being revoked. But we were unable to leave a message.