I recently came across the following video, which I have to warn you it's horrible to watch.
I have often wondered why powerlifting competitions etc. don't use some kind of platform to catch the weights.
For example why don't they put blocks either side of a bencher that would catch the weight in situations like these? They could be set up so that that they are just below the bencher's lowest position so presumably if the weight was dropped they could un-arch there back and get out from under it.
I would think there is a reason for not doing something like this that I haven't thought of… anyone care to enlighten?