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Miss Utility Presents the 2016-2017 Dig Smart Awards

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. 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.

BF Joy LLCBF Joy LLC receives this year’s Dig Smart Excellence Award. This award recognizes companies that have been awarded the Dig Smart Award on three different occasions in the past and are maintaining the highest level of safety standards. BF Joy, a veteran-owned business, specializes in the installation, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure for both public and private sectors. BF Joy also received the Excellence Award in the 2015-2016, 2014-2015 and 2012-2013 Dig Smart Awards.



Comer ConstructionComer Construction, Inc. receives this year’s Dig Smart Award for Maryland. Comer Construction is a woman-owned general contractor, certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Baltimore City MBE/WBE. Comer Construction’s emphasis lies in the commercial and residential site preparation areas, including land clearing, demolition, sediment and erosion control, storm water management and water quality facilities, mass grading, athletic field construction, sewer mains and connections, sewage pump stations, water mains and connections, storm drainage systems, road construction (grading, stone base and paving), curb and gutters, stabilization, and contract hauling. Comer Construction was also the recipient of the Dig Smart Award for Maryland for 2014-2015.


R.B. Hinkle ConstructionR.B. Hinkle Construction, Inc. receives this year’s Dig Smart Award for Washington, D.C. R.B. Hinkle Construction, a PLH Group Company, is an underground and overhead utility contractor, specializing in the installation of gas services, conduit, manholes and streetlights through trenching, directional drilling and moling. The company also provides underground energized cable installation, including new cable, replacements, upgrades and service restoration. This is R.B. Hinkle Construction’s first Dig Smart Award.



Childs Landscape ContractorsChilds Landscape Contractors, Inc. is the recipient of his year’s Dig Smart Honorable Mention Award. The company is a commercial landscape contracting company based in Arnold, Md. Childs Landscape's services include professional landscape design, plant material installation, state-of-the-art irrigation system design and install, pavers, hardscapes, fine grade, seed, sod, sediment, erosion controls, segmented and timber retaining walls, as well as grounds maintenance. Childs Landscape was the recipient of the Dig Smart Honorable Mention Award for 2013-2014.


The winners were recognized at the 2017 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference, which took place Oct. 24-27 in Ocean City, Md. Congratulations to the four companies recognized this year, and thank you to all organizations who submitted nominations.

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