The Dig Smart Awards, now in its sixth year, are Miss Utility's way of recognizing those contractors
who consistently work toward underground safety and the safety of those around them.
Miss Utility is proud to announce the winners of its 6th Annual Dig Smart Awards, which were held on
April 20 at the Columbia Sheraton in Howard County.
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.
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
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 distinction.
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.
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.
The Dig Smart Awards 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.