to be fair, that's not the spotter's fault. the guy had soon much weight he collapsed as so as he got the bar off the rests. a spotter is supposed to save you when you're failing, not have to work through constant failure
The grip is the obvious issue. I have just recently caught myself using the same grip. Will not be doing that anymore.
I don't think the spotter has any blame in this.. and by the looks of the size of the guy benching, I don't think the weight is an issue either. The bar just slides right off of his hands. sucks and I hope he is ok.
holy crap ... if that didn't break his collar bones and wind him up in a hospital then that was a miracle. Geeze, when spot somebody, you don't quickly take your hands off the bar ... you give the weight over to the guy lifting then remove your hands ... you also don't complete help them lift the weight up ... the guy lifting the weight has no way to judge how heavy it is going to be if you help them too much ... what a fucking idiot
In 2009, Stafon Johnson, a tailback at USC, was using the "suicide grip" while bench pressing and the bar slipped out of his hands and crushed his larynx. He needed seven hours of surgery. Always put your thumb around the bar, boys!