Fatal Vending Machines

“Soda Vending Machine Industry Labeling Campaign Warns Of Deaths And Injuries.” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2 Nov. 1995, http://www.cpsc.gov/newsroom/news-releases/1996/cpsc-soda-vending-machine-industry-labeling-campaign-warns-of-deaths-and-injuries/. Accessed 5 Dec. 2016.

This news release is the source that 2.18 people die from rocking soda machines each year, based on 37 deaths between 1978 and 1995. It also says 113 injuries occurred from these incidences. The news release launches a campaign to add warning stickers to the front of vending machines.

The statistic from this report has been used in many comparisons and lists of odds as how many people die annually from vending machines. While this release itself is informative and clear in what has done the killing in what time period to how many people, outside sources twist the words to include all vending machines instead of just soda machines, and all deaths, instead of those just caused by rocking. Also, the campaign launched at this time ideally decreased the number of deaths that happen now. This study certainly raises some questions about what the number is like now, and how many deaths all vending machines cause.

This paper is helpful in being the source of some statistics and is evidence that robbing vending machines is risking your life. A lost dollar is not worth shaking a vending machine until it crushes your skulll.


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