"In our country there is no regulation to regulate the activity of cable transportation, neither in the province nor in the Municipality of the capital," says the report of the General Audit of the Province of Salta that analyzed the management of the Cable Car. However, it points out that "it is in good mechanical and electrical condition."
The Cable Car Complex Salta is a State Society, that is, it is under the orbit of the Provincial Government and provides a recreational tourist service.
It travels, on average, eight minutes and travels at an average speed of 2 meters per second (7.2 km per hour). The departure station is located in San Martín Park and the arrival, at the summit of San Bernardo hill. It carries 850 people per day, according to company records.
The cable car was built by the Swiss Karl Garaventa Soehene and has been in operation since January 1988. The local Audit report stresses that "the control, maintenance and repair of the whole system, which is in charge of a local technical group, does based on a manual provided by the manufacturer." If necessary, "external agents specialized in the field are hired."
As a negative point, it is pointed out that "the Company does not have properly approved instructions referring to technical procedures, periodic inspections and safety". However, "at the close of the audit, progress had been made in the drafting of the procedures and instructions, as well as in the systematization and archiving in a technical library that was enabled in September 2015."
The report, recently approved, adds that "at the time of the survey the cable car was in good mechanical and electrical conditions." In fact, "in 2015 we proceeded to replace the tractor cable that supports the nacelles, as a result of an inspection, because a decrease in diameter was detected."
The Salta audit also highlights "the lack of a system for recording and archiving events, flaws, flaws and other circumstances that affect the normality of facilities and equipment." This history of operation of the Cable Car Complex "allows decisions to be made."
In any case, it is clarified that "after the fieldwork was carried out, the auditee took corrective measures in this regard, in order to keep a record from the aforementioned technical library."
In spite of "not having a seismograph or instrument that detects seismic movements," the analysis highlights the possibility of "stopping the system with any stop button, both in the control room and in the upper and lower stations."
With this situation, it was recommended to the state company that manages the cable car "to communicate the manuals, procedures and instructions to all people directly involved." In addition, it is suggested "the designation of a technician that allows guaranteeing the operation of the complex in case of absence of the person in charge of the technical area."
Finally, he also pointed out the need to "appoint a responsible person to keep up-to-date inventory of goods and supplies in stock."