Excellence in Damage Prevention

Miss Utility Awards

Dig Smart Award

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.

The Process


If your company goes above and beyond to ensure damages are prevented, apply for the Dig Smart Awards by completing the online entry form, available starting in July.

Nominated companies are evaluated based on their damage prevention procedures, employee training programs, enforcement of damage prevention laws, and participation in public/government forums, damage prevention meetings and conferences, and trade organizations.

The Winners

Awards Ceremony

Winning companies will receive two complimentary two-night packages to the next Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference (GCDPTC), where they will be recognized by their peers as leaders in damage prevention.


Dig Smart Award Winners

This year, the committee reviewed entries from some of the safest contractors in Maryland and Washington, D.C. 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.

Image of the Flippo Construction logo Excellence Award Winner: Flippo Construction Company, Inc. Founded in 1971, Flippo Construction Company, Inc. is an employee owned and operated general and heavy construction business operating primarily in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan regions for over 45 years.

Image of the Gaines Construction logo Maryland Award Winner: Gaines and Company Founded in 1954 and a Top 600 Specialty Contractor, Gaines and Company is a turnkey site development company that specializes in underground utilities, grading and excavating, sediment and erosion controls, road work, such as paving and sidewalks, and stormwater management. Its clients include homebuilders and developers; general contractors; underground utility contractors; state, federal and municipal authorities; and military installations in Maryland, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Delaware.

Image of the CW and Sons logo Washington, D.C. Award Winner: CW & Sons Infrastructure, Inc. CW & Sons was established in 2009 with the goal of becoming a leading utility contractor in the Mid-Atlantic region. CW & Sons specializes in the installation of underground infrastructure supporting utility companies, public and government agencies, and private companies. Building on the foundations of our experienced and professional employees, CW & Sons has become a recognized industry leader capable of delivering exceptional quality safely and efficiently. Based in the District of Columbia as a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE), CW & Sons proudly serves the greater Washington, D.C. and Mid-Atlantic region.

Congratulations to our winners & thank you to all organizations that submitted nominations!

  • America Directional Boring, LLC
  • Anchor Construction Corporation
  • Aqua-Bright Irrigation & Lighting
  • B. Frank Joy
  • Bluestar Technologies
  • Carroll County Roads Operations
  • Chesapeake Plumbing and Heating
  • Coppermine Stump Removal, LLC
  • Ferguson Trenching Co., Inc.
  • Frederick County Highway
  • Garney Construction
  • Guardrails Etc., Inc.
  • Hammers Utility Corp.
  • Humphrey & Sons
  • Huntzberry Brothers, Inc.
  • NPL
  • Planted Earth
  • Playground Specialists
  • Precision Utility Construction, Inc.
  • Real Estate SignTraker (REST)
  • Sepol Construction Corporation
  • Stella May Contracting, Inc.
  • Wheat’s Landscape, LLC