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The Miss Utility Damage Prevention Committee holds the annual Dig Smart Awards as part of its quest to promote underground utility safety and recognize those 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 just to pick two winners.

The 2011-2012 Dig Smart winners are Gray & Son, Inc. for Maryland and Anchor Construction Corporation for Washington, D.C. These two outstanding organizations were chosen from a group of excellent nominations from contractors across Maryland and the District of Columbia. The two winners were determined after a review of each company’s damage prevention practices by a select panel of industry experts. Both companies are first-time Dig Smart Awards winners.

Gray & Son, Inc. located in Timonium, Md., is a leading contractor in the Baltimore metropolitan area for both private and public construction projects. The company specializes in asphalt paving, land excavating, utilities, concrete, soil stabilization, sediment control, storm water management and commercial snow removal.

Headquartered in the District of Columbia, Anchor Construction Corporation is a bonded, licensed, insured, certified minority contractor serving Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Anchor Construction Corporation specializes in road construction and utilities including water, storm, sewer and conduits. The company also has the capability and expertise to rehab existing infrastructure and build new construction.

NPL Construction, a three-time Dig Smart Award winner, 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. NPL provides a full-service menu of high-quality, safe, reliable, best-cost solutions with integrity and stability to meet the challenges of energy distribution companies.

Pleasants Construction is the recipient of the Dig Smart Honorable Mention Award. Pleasants Construction, based in Clarksburg, Md., in Montgomery County, has been providing superior site development solutions to the greater Washington Metropolitan area for more than four decades. Its services include clearing, demolition, earthwork, site utilities, erosion control, stormwater management, soil cement modification, and paving. Pleasants Construction received the Dig Smart Honorable Mention as a result of its exceptional work in damage prevention this year.

Congratulations to the four companies recognized this year and thank you to all organizations who submitted nominations.



Miss Utility and District One Call are proud to announce the winners of the 10th Annual Locator Achievement Awards. For the past ten years, these awards have honored the outstanding individuals who go above and beyond to ensure the underground infrastructure of Maryland and Washington, D.C. remains damage free.

This year, Gov. Martin O'Malley has once again proclaimed April as National Safe Digging Month, which serves as an important reminder that underground damage prevention is a critical safety concern. The locators recognized by the Locator Achievement Awards do their best to keep the public safe through their contributions to damage prevention by locating accurately and performing at the highest levels of safety in all elements of their profession.

The Miss Utility Maryland/D.C. Damage Prevention Committee established the Locator Achievement Awards program to recognize locators who have zero at-fault damages and exemplify outstanding safety practices for an entire calendar year. The criteria for individuals to be eligible for the Locator Achievement Awards include:

  • Locator must have ZERO "at fault" damages for the period of 1/1/2012 through 12/31/2012.
  • Locator must have ZERO safety violations within his/her respective organization.
  • Locator must establish proactive working relationships in damage prevention.

Forty locators from around the region were recognized this year at a Bowie Baysox game at Prince George's Stadium on Friday, May 10. Fred Hoover from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) was the guest speaker during the ceremony. Mr. Hoover has more than 30 years of experience working with utilities and critical infrastructure and currently serves as the Clean Energy Program Director at the MEA.

The 2012 Locator Achievement Award winners are:
Adam Dove, Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works
Alonzo Miller, DCI-ULS
Anthony Jones, UtiliQuest
Arbere Allen, UtiliQuest
Darrell McCain, USIC
Darryl Cox, One Call Concepts Locating Services, Inc.
Deon Johnson, UtiliQuest
Don Schober, Cecil County Government
Donta Sampson, USIC
Eric Doering, UtiliQuest
Eric Parker, DCI-ULS
Ernest Thompson, One Call Concepts Locating Services, Inc.
Herman Wilson, UtiliQuest
Jermaine Street, One Call Concepts Locating Services, Inc.
Jim Zell, Cecil County Government
Jobani Linares, UtiliQuest
John Clements, Williams Gas Pipeline
John Leitch, One Call Concepts Locating Services, Inc.
John Roebuck, Williams Gas Pipeline
John Thompson, USIC
Jon Nerlinger, Cecil County Government
Joseph Ajayi, City of Lauren Department of Public Works
Kyle Robert, Howard County Bureau of Utilities
Larry Dickey, Howard County Bureau of Utilities
Larry Hamilton, UtiliQuest
Luther Hahn, City of Aberdeen
Matt Osbourne, UtiliQuest
Michael Figgins, UtiliQuest
Polly Weber, Elkton Gas
Reese Parks, USIC
Richard Holmes, DCI-ULS
Rico Pereira, UtiliQuest
Robert Knight, UtiliQuest
Rodney Brown, One Call Concepts Locating Services, Inc.
Ronald Williamson, UtiliQuest
Sebastian Williams, UtiliQuest
Thomas Rabon, UtiliQuest
Tom Carroll, UtiliQuest
W. Allen Billman, City of Hagerstown Light Department
Wayne Sargent, City of Aberdeen

"We are thrilled to recognize these locators who devote their career to maintaining a safe working environment for their colleagues, as well as Maryland and D.C. residents," said Kevin Woolbright, Maryland/D.C. Damage Prevention Committee Chairman. "We congratulate all of our winners for demonstrating exceptional utility locating practices throughout 2012, and for taking a leadership role within the damage prevention community."

Congratulations to all of the 10th Annual Locator Achievement Awards winners! To view photos from the event, please click here.

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