We all know that workplace accidents happen. Unlike a plane crash, these types of incidents tend to happen without any news coverage. While some can be dramatic, because they happen within a business, unless it is some spectacular explosion or fire, they usually are not judged worthy of most television stations or newspapers coverage. If a worker is killed, it may receive a one-paragraph treatment at the bottom of a back section of a paper, but rarely more.
Sometimes, we like to think as a society, we are much smarter and better than generations gone by. We are "modern" and we don't make the mistakes that were made in the past.