Machinery Act 1950

Before its repeal, this Act was administered by: Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
  • repealed
  • Machinery Act 1950: repealed, on 4 April 2016, by section 231(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (2015 No 70).

Reprint as at 4 April 2016

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Machinery Act 1950

Public Act
1950 No 52
Date of assent
23 November 1950
see section 1(2)

Machinery Act 1950: repealed, on 4 April 2016, by section 231(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (2015 No 70).


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


1Short Title and commencement
3Machinery to which Act does not apply
4Act not to apply to steamships, tramways, etc [Repealed]
5Appointment of Inspectors
6Powers of Inspectors
7Non-disclosure of information [Repealed]
8Owners to allow entry and inspection
9Obstruction of Inspector
10Inspector’s certificate of appointment
11False certificate
12Young persons not to be employed in certain cases [Repealed]
13Persons having machinery subject to Act to notify Inspector [Repealed]
14Notice of sale, etc, of machinery [Repealed]
15Guarding of prime movers
16Guarding of transmission machinery
17Guarding of other machinery
17AMachinery to be safe when manufactured, sold, or hired
17BProvisions may be modified [Repealed]
17CPower controls
17DConstruction and maintenance of machinery
17EProtection from harmful noise [Repealed]
18Duties of users of machinery
19Restriction on use of machinery if person exposed to risk of injury [Repealed]
19APersons not to operate machinery unless trained [Repealed]
20Faulty, defective, and insufficiently guarded machinery
21Requisitions by Inspectors
21ARegulation of amusement devices
21BSafety of tractors [Repealed]
21CChildren on tractors and implements [Repealed]
22Inspector to be notified of accident [Repealed]
23Inquiry into cause of accident
24Record of accidents
25Form and service of requisitions
26Appeals against requisitions
26ACodes of practice
26BCodes of practice to be approved by Minister
26CProof of codes of practice
28When owners and mortgagees not liable
30Application of part of fine to person injured [Repealed]
31Power to order contravention to be remedied [Repealed]
32Forging of certificates, etc
33Owner may have actual offender charged
34Proceedings to be before District Court Judge alone
35Provisions as to procedure
36Matters may be completed by different Inspectors
37Responsibility of owners, etc, maintained
38Service of notices, etc
39Regulations [Repealed]
40Savings [Repealed]
41Act to be administered by Department of Labour [Repealed]
42Act to bind the Crown
Reprint notes

An Act to make provision for the inspection of certain kinds of machinery and for the safety of persons working with machinery to which the Act applies