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Safety Tips for Vending Machines

When correctly installed and routinely serviced, vending machines should pose no danger to anyone who uses them. But vending machines are big, heavy, and powered by mains electricity. Some of them make use of scalding hot liquids. And some people are so impatient that they’ll think nothing of giving the machine a shove should it fail to dispense their choice.

So unfortunately, when it comes to vending machines, there’s so much that can go wrong.

But is there anything you can do to make your vending machines safer for all who use them?

Certainly there is.

For starters, your vending machine should be installed by a trained and experienced expert. They’ll know exactly how and where to set it up so that it poses a minimal risk to you, your staff, and your customers.

You should also commit to having your vending machines regularly checked and serviced by knowledgeable engineers. They’ll be able to identify the early warning signs – such as cracks and electrical faults – that could later develop into hazards.

But even if you’ve gone to great lengths to make your vending machine as safe as possible, your vending machine is still going to be used by people, and people are unpredictable. Most vending machine accidents are caused by people using them like they’re not supposed to be used – shaking them to release snacks, or trying to grab products through the serving hatch.

How on Earth are you supposed to deal with these accidents waiting to happen?

One way is to discourage people from acting so rashly in the first place. With regular servicing, your machines are less likely to jam, which means that your customers should have no cause to rock or shake the machines to release trapped products. Also, most vending machines are fitted with a host of security measures that act as a strong deterrent to anybody who’d otherwise risk harming themselves in an attempt to steal a snack.

If you can afford it, you might also consider installing CCTV cameras in your vending area. As well as acting as a further deterrent to any would-be vandals and thieves, they’ll also enable you to prove that, in the unlikely event that someone is injured by your machines, it wasn’t your fault – that the incident would not have occurred had the person not behaved so irresponsibly.

 

So when it comes to safety, vending machines are like any other piece of electrical equipment. If correctly installed and regularly serviced, they’re perfectly safe.  So long as you’ve done all you can to safeguard your customers and your employees, you shouldn’t really have anything to worry about.