This question relates to motorcycling couriering on another thread. I googled the latest list and it came up with some real shite, mostly American based. They suggested logging was the number one most dangerous job and coal mining was number two. That's just crap, here is what the list used to be as I remember it from some years ago. #1...Diver on North Sea Oil Rig platforms and production rigs. #2...Bomb Disposal including clearing land mines. #3...Anyone on active front-line military duty in a war zone. (For many years it was as a squaddie patrolling the streets of Northern Ireland.) #4...Oil rig fire suppresion teams, ie: the famous Red O'Daire Hellfighters. #5...Working in a South African gold mine, longest fatality free period in the 80's was 35 days. #6...London motorcycle courier. Sometimes listed as any large European city. #7...Used to be a Police Officer in certain parts of New York, ie: the Bronx and Harlem. #8...Underwater Navy Clearence Divers. More die in training accidents than actually on operation. #9...The PJ's of the American Airforce, the para-rescue lads. #10...Used to be high rise construction workers, before the days of safety harnesses. Spidermen they used to be called in the UK. If anyone can find a more updated list, that doesn't begin with rubbish like logging and coal mining, go for it. I'm not saying those occupations cannot be dangerous, but they are way down the list compared to say; Oil rig fire suppression teams. And there is unlikely to be a more hazardous proffession that a diver in the North Sea. The fatality rate often appears small, but one must remember only a small group of people do it.