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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 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 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.

Earl Lewis, Jr.

Earl Lewis, Jr. (pictured), Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, delivers the keynote address for the 2005 Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards. Mr. Lewis joined MDOT after nearly two decades at BGE, and damage prevention continues to be a top priority for him as he works in state government.

Wayne Gilmer

Wayne Gilmer (right), Maryland/D.C. Damage Prevention Committee Chairman, presents a 2005 Dig Smart Award to Rebecca Santoro of Laurel’s Joseph Canova & Son, a family-owned-and-operated underground utilities contractor in business since 1951.

Wayne Gilmer

Wayne Gilmer (left), Maryland/D.C. Damage Prevention Committee Chairman, presents a 2005 Dig Smart Award to Kathy Edwards of Goldin & Stafford, a full service excavation, demolition, and site preparation company. This marked the second consecutive win for the 40-employee Largo-based firm that serves the D.C. metro area and suburban Maryland.

Winners from Dig Smart Award

Winners from Dig Smart Award Winner Joseph Canova & Son are pictured left to right (Top Row: John Steras and Robert Ripley, Jr.; Bottom Row: Domenico Ventresca, Rebecca Santoro and Phil Mariano, Jr.).

Winners from Dig Smart Award

Winners from Dig Smart Award Winner Goldin & Stafford are pictured left to right (Lewis Hinnant, Edward Gershkovich, Kerry Boudreau, Lynn Klotz, Scott Kinkead, Debbie Horton, Kathy Edwards, Mary Virginia Haker and Anthony Mills).

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