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The Boilers Act, 1923

( ACT NO. V Of 1923 )

2. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context.-
(a) "accident" means an explosion of a boiler or steam-pipe or any damage to a boiler or steam-pipe which is calculated to weaken the strength thereof so as to render it liable to explode;
1[(aa) "Board" means the Boilers Board constituted under section 27A;]
(b) "boiler" means any closed vessel exceeding 2[22.76 liters] in capacity which is used expressly or generating steam under pressure and includes any mounting or other fitting attached to such vessel, which is wholly or partly under pressure when steam is shut off;
(c) "Chief Inspector" and "Inspector" mean, respectively, a person appointed to be a Chief Inspector and an Inspector under this Act;
3[(cc) "economiser" means any part of feed-pipe that is wholly or partially exposed to the action of flue gases for the purpose of recovery of waste heat;
(ccc) "feed-pipe" means any pipe or connected fitting wholly or partly under pressure through which feed water passes directly to a boiler and does not form an integral part thereof;]
(d) "owner" includes any person using a boiler as agent of the owner thereof and any person using a boiler which he has hired or obtained on loan from the owner thereof;
(e) "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations or rules made this Act;
(f) "steam-pipe" means any main pipe exceeding 4[7.62 cm] in internal diameter through which steam passes directly from a boiler to a prime-mover or other first user, and includes any connected fitting of a steam-pipe; and
(g) "structural alteration, addition or renewal" shall not be deemed to include any renewal or replacement of a petty nature when the part or fitting used for replacement is not inferior in strength, efficiency or otherwise to the replaced part or fitting.

  • 1
    Clause (aa) was inserted by section 3 of the Indian Boilers (Amendment) Act, 1937 (Act No. XI of 1937
  • 2
    The figure and word "22.76 liters" were substituted for the words "five gallons" by section 2 of the Boilers (Amendment) Act, 1990 (Act No. XI of 1990)
  • 3
    Clauses (cc) and (ccc) were inserted by section 2 of the Indian Boilers (Amendment) Act, 1947 (Act No. XXXIV of 1947)
  • 4
    The figure and word "7.62 cm" were substituted, for the words "three inches" by section 2 of the Boilers (Amendment) Act, 1990 (Act No. XI of 1990)
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