In my story, I'm trying to establish early on a couple of things about a character and their setting. Namely, I want to establish that they're extremely defensive of a friend, that their scenario is mortally dangerous, and that this character is freaky strong. I intend to accomplish this with a cave-in. He and those with him were kidnapped and are being forced to work as slaves, clearing out collapsed rock piled in abandoned underground tunnels. The idea is that a shifting of rock will cause the antichamber they are in to collapse further, causing some rock to fall from the ceiling, and making one of the three remaining support pillars fall over. My character's friend (The one he is defensive of,) will be pinned beneath a smaller rock, and he'll grab the column to keep it from falling over long enough for the friend to get help and escape. The pillar is made of stone, but I haven't decided on the dimensions. He won't be holding it over his head like a deadlift or anything, just keeping it from falling all the way over, so he won't need to take its whole weight. Plus, he's not lifting it over his head or anything, just keeping it from completely falling for a few seconds. The deadlift record, from what I can find, is 500kg, or 1100 pounds. My character shouldn't be quite that strong, (he's not *that* strong,) but he's also tapping into that mother-lifting-a-car strength, so I'm using that as a sort of cap. I was thinking that a round pillar that's 8' long and 1.5' thick, which would weight a little over 2000 pounds, could work, but I wanted to get a second opinion before writing it into the story. I can adjust the dimensions one weigh or the other, (Pun!), either by just changing the size of the column, or having only part of it break, leaving a couple feet on the bottom that doesn't tip. Also, what would be the physical toll of doing something like this?