Contractors and Locators Honored
for Commitment to Safety in Digging
Miss Utility presents Maryland and Washington, D.C., companies
with 2005 Dig Smart Awards and Locator Excellence Awards
Miss Utility is proud to announce the winners of its annual Dig Smart Awards and Locator Achievement
Awards. These awards honor those crucial people who have gone above and beyond, and strive to ensure
that the underground infrastructure of Maryland and Washington, D.C., free from damage.
The 2005 Dig Smart Winners are Goldin & Stafford, LLC, of Largo, Md. and Joseph Canova & Son, LLC, of Laurel, Md.
These two outstanding organizations were chosen from among hundreds of contractors across Maryland and
the District of Columbia for these prestigious awards, which are determined after a careful review of
the company’s damage prevention practices and damage statistics.
The 2005 Locator Achievement Awards are determined through voting by excavators, with whom it is
crucial all locators have a solid working relationship.
This year’s winners and their respective coverage areas, are:
- Herman Wilson of Glen Burnie, Md., UtiliQuest (“Locator of the Year” for all of Miss Utility’s coverage area and regional winner for Anne Arundel & Howard Counties)
- Wayne Sargent of Havre de Grace, Md., UtiliQuest (Harford & Cecil Counties and the 2004 Locator of the Year)
- Mark Thomas of Upper Marlboro, Md., UtiliQuest (Washington, D.C.)
- Frank Bachman of Glen Burnie, Md., UtiliQuest (Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties)
- Pat Anderson of Newburg, Md., Charles County Utilities (Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s Counties)
- Erik White of Williamsport, Md., UtiliQuest (Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett & Washington Counties)
- Brian Merritt of Middle River, Md., OCC Locating Services (Baltimore City & Baltimore County and a repeat winner)
Goldin & Stafford, winning for the second year in a row, is a 40-person-strong full service excavation,
demolition, and site preparation company serving the D.C. metro area and Suburban Maryland. In
accepting the award for her company, Kathy Edwards recognized the importance of utilizing Miss
Utility’s services, and thanked the locators in attendance for all of their hard work in the joint
effort of underground utility damage prevention.
Joseph Canova & Son, a family-owned-and-operated underground
utilities contractor in business since 1951, has more
than 50 employees and belongs to multiple national and
regional trade organizations focusing on damage prevention.
Rebecca Santoro accepted the award for her company and
cited that, through their diligence in using Miss Utility’s
TicketCheck system, and developing strong relationships
with their area locators, they were able to receive this
The Dig Smart winning companies were invited to attend the awards banquet with 25 of their employees and received framed certificates and the Miss Utility “Silver Shovel” Award.
Locator Achievement Awards regional winners received framed certificates and Miss Utility-embroidered
golf pullover jackets; repeat regional winners received $50 cash prizes to further promote the
importance of constant commitment to damage prevention. Of the 2005 Locator Achievement Award Regional
Winners, both Herman Wilson and Wayne Sargent, the 2004 Locator of the Year, are repeat regional
winners. The Grand Prize for the Locator of the Year (Herman Wilson) was $500 in cash, a Miss
Utility-embroidered heavyweight work jacket, and a Miss Utility “Silver Hard Hat” award.
All remaining nominees for the Locator Achievement Awards initiative receive framed certificates, with
repeat nominees awarded $25 Home Depot gift certificates.
All of the awards were presented at a dinner banquet at The Sheraton Hotel in Columbia on April 20,
with Earl Lewis, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation providing the
keynote address. Mr. Lewis also has nearly two decades of experience at BGE, and damage prevention
continues to be a top priority for him as he works in state government. Mr. Lewis lauded all attendees
for their roles as unsung heroes in keeping our technology-driven area safe from outages.
“Taking the necessary measurements to ensure workplace safety is a top-priority for each of our
winners – both from Dig Smart and Locator Excellence,” said Wayne Gilmer, Maryland/D.C. Damage
Prevention Committee Chairman. “Throughout 2005, they have gone beyond the call of duty to ensure
that not only are the workplace environments safe, but so are the communities in which they work,
and for that they are commended.”
The recognition programs were established by the Miss Utility Maryland/D.C. Damage Prevention Committee
to recognize excavating and excavating-related companies for their strides in ensuring workplace safety
and compliance with safety regulations and locators who have zero at-fault damages and who have
exemplified outstanding safety practices.
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