Originally Posted by Tanker60A3
In all events I have ever been in or to;
Never draw your handgun unless on the firing line or in a designated "safe" area.
Don't load your weapon unless your are on the firing line, and then only after the safety officer instructs you to.
When in doubt, cease fire.
If you see an unsafe act, call for a cease fire, then bring it to the attention of the safety officer.
I agree with Tanker. The safest competitions that I been at all have safe tables. There is absolutely no gun handling except at the firing line and at the safe table where ammo is never handled. The pistol is handled at the firing line only after being instructed to by the range officer. Of course, after completing the stage, the shooter shows the range officer an empty pistol which is then fired empty at the backstop before being holstered.
At my club, where we have had a weekly falling plate shoot for 16 years, there has been an estimated 450,000 rounds fired and there have been no injuries.