Work on Jersey Shore boardwalk stops following 6 alleged violations
Work on a boardwalk in Keansburg has stopped for now after state officials say they found six alleged violations.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued the stop order to Galo Contractors Group.
According to the state, Galo is accused of six alleged violations: misclassifying workers as independent contractors, hindering the investigation, failure to register as a public works contractor, pay prevailing wage, post prevailing wage rates, and obtain workers compensation insurance.
The Keansburg borough manager tells News 12 they hired the lowest bidder, Ascend Construction, to do the work, but unknown to them at the time, Ascend subcontracted the job to Galo Contractors Group. It was during that time when complaints from employees reached the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce.
The order was issued back on March 9. Employees put up safety barriers, packed up their tools, and left the area known as Bay Walk West. Work has stopped at the site right in the middle of the $170,000 project.
The town now says Ascend can finish the job if they do it themselves, and finish by the original completion date in the contract.