In my many decades of lifting, I've had 2-3 close calls with a bench. Mainly on lift off where my wrist does something funky and spastic for no apparent reason. Obviously the best thing are bar catches and a spotter.
But, then, I am a moron who generally lifts by himself in his basement.
I tend to bench in a power rack and set the safeties where I'd might crack a rib, but not break my neck.
I then start in the hole -- from the safeties at the bottom. I have to twist and turn a bit to get under the bar. I used to bang my head a fair amount until I figured out how to do it. (I generally finish on the hooks.)
Not sure the reason, but I've never gone wonky pushing from the hole.
In my old age, I also tend towards dumbbell training. Angling the weights is a much more natural movement for me -- and I can launch them sideways if need be. In fact, when pushing to failure by myself, I almost always use dumbbells.