I don't have any idea why he decided to pull the plastic step attachments (for the workout step bench) on, but he did and was stuck. I know I should have helped, but I grabbed the camera instead (I'm a such a good mother).
A few tears were shed after this attempt, apparently a few ribs were "broken" by all the wailing that occurred after. I happy to report that no injury actually occurred.
In the end, I put the camera away, twisted the steps diagonally so they could fit over his shoulders and all was well. At least for the moment, until another tragedy befalls the household.