Excellence in Damage Prevention

Miss Utility Awards

Dig Smart Award

The Miss Utility MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee holds the annual Dig Smart Awards as part of its quest to promote underground utility safety and recognize contractors who steadily work toward damage prevention.

Nomination Form
The Process


If your company goes above and beyond to ensure damages are prevented, apply for the Dig Smart Awards by completing an entry form, which is available in early July. Nominated companies are evaluated based on their damage prevention procedures, employee training programs, enforcement of damage prevention laws, and participation in public/government forums, damage prevention meetings and conferences, and trade organizations.

The Winners

Awards Ceremony

The winning companies receive two complimentary two-night packages to the Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference in the fall, where they are recognized by their peers as leaders in damage prevention.

The 2018-2019 winners were recognized at the Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference in Ocean City, MD. Congratulations to the three companies recognized this year, and thank you to all organizations that submitted nominations.


Dig Smart Award Winners

This year, the committee reviewed entries from some of the safest contractors in Maryland and Washington, D.C., making it a challenge to pick the winners. These outstanding organizations were chosen from a group of excellent nominations from contractors across Maryland and the District of Columbia. The winners were determined after a review of each company’s damage prevention practices by a select panel of industry experts.

NPL receiving their 2019 Dig Safe Award from Miss Utility

NPL receives this year’s Dig Smart Excellence Award. This award recognizes companies that have been awarded the Dig Smart Award on at least three different occasions in the past and are maintaining the highest level of safety standards. NPL is a leader in underground and overhead utility and energy distribution construction. With more than 5,000 employees and operations in more than 20 states across the country, NPL provides a full-service menu of safe, high-quality construction solutions. NPL’s five decades of experience have earned the company an industry reputation for excellence in performance, reliability, quality and customer satisfaction. NPL also received the Excellence Award in the 2008-2009, 2011-2012 and 2017-2018 Dig Smart Awards.

Gains and Company receiving their 2019 Dig Safe Award from Miss Utility

Gaines and Company receives this year’s Dig Smart Award for Maryland. Founded in 1954 and a Top 600 Specialty Contractor, Gaines and Company is a turnkey site development company that specializes in underground utilities, grading and excavating, sediment and erosion controls, road work such as paving and sidewalks, and storm water management. Its clients include homebuilders and developers; general contractors; underground utility contractors; state, federal and municipal authorities; and military installations in Maryland, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. Gaines and Company was the Dig Smart Honorable Mention recipient for 2017-2018.

Anchor Construction receiving their 2019 Dig Safe Award from Miss Utility

Anchor Construction Corp. is the recipient of this year’s Dig Smart Award for Washington, D.C. Anchor is recognized as a leading multi-disciplined infrastructure construction contractor with ongoing projects throughout the Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. People who have partnered with Anchor have resulted in innovative, cost-effective and quality construction, exceeding their expectations for over 30 years. Anchor’s team of dedicated professionals has an unwavering commitment to integrity, safety and quality. Anchor is “grounded in excellence.” Anchor also received the Dig Smart Award for Washington, D.C., for 2011-2012, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.