In a press release issued Wednesday, the Delaware Contractors Associations of Newark said it has joined OSHA to announce a partnership designed to foster a safe workplace for employees, and to help contractors develop and implement exemplary safety and health management systems.

"OSHA is striving to promote cooperative relationships with professional organizations that want to proactively address safety and health issues," said Domenick Salvatore, area director for the agency's Wilmington office in the release. "Our goal is to help eliminate employee exposure to jobsite safety and health hazards."

According to OSHA, the partnership aims to increase the number of general and specialty contractors who implement effective safety and health programs, and emphasize reducing injuries resulting from the leading construction hazards, including falls, being struck by objects and vehicles, being caught in or between objects, and electrocutions.