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During the boom, the scaffolding sector struggled to supply industry with enough equipment and skilled workers.
In the years 2005 to 2008, Beaulieu says owners often needed to book scaffolding services at least a year in advance. Now, he says, three or four months´ notice might suffice.
The boom years in industrial, commercial, and institutional construction coincided with increased demand for safety, says Dean Dancy, western regional manager at Peri Formwork Systems Inc. The result is that scaffolding is now widely seen as part of safe access to work areas and is used more extensively than in the past.
Dancy says that Peri´s western business "has grown 45 to 50 per cent for each of the last three years." He expects a possible 10 per cent slowdown in 2009. He´s hopeful, however, that infrastructure construction will take up some of the slack should oilsands work fail to pick up steam again within about 18 months.
Layoffs began late last fall, but this spring could see an uptick in oilsands construction and scaffolding work.