I think the pertinent thing here is, the stacked bumpers directly behind the platform. Watch the video (hard as that is to watch): when his back hits the bar after he falls backwards, the bar is jammed against the stack of bumpers as he hits it, preventing the bar from rolling away or having any give at all (apart for bending). If those bumpers weren’t there (or if he was lifting in the middle of the platform) the bar might have rolled backwards as he landed. Might have been a different story.[/quote]
I disagree. The bar itself never actually makes contact with the plates stacked on the floor, the blues aren’t stacked high enough for that. The bumpers on his left side of the bar make contact with the edge of the stack of blues, but it’s hard to tell whether that happens before or after the bar hits him in the back, or simultaneously. Either way, the plates on his right side of the bar definitely never hit the ground until the bar had already hit him in the back.
I’m having a tough time finding a frame that shows definitely whether the bar hit him before the bumpers on his left side made contact with that stack of blues or not, but I keep pausing on a frame showing that the bar definitely bent around his back a little when it made contact.[/quote]
Yeah, I see your point. Those blue bumpers are the ones I was watching. As you said, hard to see what hits first, bar on top of those blue bumpers to his left, or him and the bar. Those blue bumpers definitely look pretty suspect in relation to the accident. Either way, why not put them to the sides of the lifter like most other people do? They are easier to load, and not waiting back there to jack you up if/when you make a mistake.